The Brooklyn Nets is based from the city itself, and has been a franchise member of the Eastern Conference in the Atlantic Division of the NBA and a current member of the American Basketball League. Its history began in 1967 when they played as the New Jersey Americans in Teaneck, NJ. It was then they were playing for different teams in different arenas in 1968 as the New York Nets. They won two ABA championships with the help of the NBA Hall of Fame awardee Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving and became a part of the unified NBA-ABA in 1976. During the New Jersey era, they were able to make a finals appearance in the 2001 and 2002 games with point guard Jason Kidd leading the pack.
Since its start as a basketball team, they have played in several arenas like the Teaneck Armory, Long Island Arena, Island Garden, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Rutgers Athletic Center, Izod Center, Prudential Center and lastly and currently the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. Their practice facilities have been moved to the PNY Center in East Rutherford, NJ and APA Recreational Center in New Jersey. After the damage that Hurricane Sandy caused they are forced to execute their practice games in different arenas in Barclay.
Some of the players that have received the Hall of Fame award are Rick Barry, Nate Archibald, Julius Erving, Bob McAdoo, Drazen Petrovic, Mel Daniels, Bernard King and Alonzo Mourning; while on the coaching staff are: Lou Carnesecca, Chuck Daly and Larry Brown. The team already received several awards as well from the NBA and ABA leagues across the States and has been developing their drafts up to the present time.
The prolific rivals of the Brooklyn Nets are the Boston Celtics, who have been the most successful teams in number of NBA championships during the year 2000 with Jason Kidd and Paul Fierce. Another two are the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors.