When the Brooklyn Nets played their first game at Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn in the fall of 2012, they succeeded in bringing professional sports back to Brooklyn for the first time since the Dodgers abandoned the borough in 1957.
Brooklyn Bounce chronicles the Netsâ historic inaugural season in the borough, full of highs and lowsâplenty of them entirely unexpected. Sports journalist Jake Appleman takes us inside the locker room and courtside, examining the teamâs transition from the New Jersey swamp to gentrified Brooklyn, from an opening night delayed by Hurricane Sandy to an epic seven-game playoff showdown with the Chicago Bulls.
The Nets were the gameâs foremost paradox in 2013, a team that managed to be the most improved in the NBA, but also consistently disappointed. What made them interesting wasnât their style of play or even their unique collection of personalities; it was their constant state of reinvention and their evolving relationship with their new home: as the Barclays crowds would chant it, BROOOOOOK-LYN! Here, âApplemanâs wit, enthusiasm for his subject, and familiarity with the players lifts Brooklyn Bounce above most season chroniclesâ (The Boston Globe).
About: âA breezy, cautionary tale for modern sports fansâ (Booklist) of the Brooklyn Netsâ inaugural season, which brought back pro sports to the borough of Brooklynânow updated to include the 2013-2014 season.
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