One of the only four teams to survive from the old American Basketball Association, the Brooklyn Nets have been around since 1967. During that time they’ve played all over the NY/NJ metro area moving from Teaneck, NJ to Long Island and back to New Jersey before finding a home in Brooklyn. They’ve had a fair amount of success in both the ABA and NBA but since moving to the Barclays Center have become something of a ‘trendy’ team due to the ownership involvement of rap superstar Jay-Z. The team is currently owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov though there have been some suggestions that he’s looking to divest himself of the team.
The franchise began in 1967 as the New Jersey Americans playing their home games in the Teaneck Armory. The original plan was to play in Manhattan at the 69th Regiment Armory, but pressure from the NBA New York Knicks forced the move to New Jersey. In 1968, the team moved to Long Island and was renamed the ‘New York Nets’. The first season on ‘the island’ was horrible–the Nets won only 17 games and drew just over 1,000 fans per game.
Things would improve over the next few years with a change in ownership and a move to the Island Gardens in West Hempstead, NY. The Nets would also lure their first superstar, acquiring Rick Barry from the Virginia Squires. The team’s performance on the court improved, and two years later they moved yet again, this time to the Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale which they shared with the expansion New York Islanders of the NHL.
In 1973, the Nets acquired a third year forward out of Massachusetts named Julius Erving, who proceeded to transform into ‘Dr. J’ and establish himself as one of the most electrifying players in basketball. Led by the future Hall of Famer, the Nets would win two ABA championships before joining the NBA in 1976. After their first NBA season they relocated *back* to New Jersey, this time playing several years at the Rutgers Athletic Center before moving into the brand new Meadowlands Sports Arena. They would find some stability in New Jersey though they’d move from the Meadowlands to the Prudential Center in Newark in 2010. The Nets played their final game in New Jersey in 2012 before moving to the Barclays Center in the revitalized borough of Brooklyn.
After playing second fiddle to the NY Knicks for much of their existence, the Brooklyn Nets are enjoying renewed popularity both within the New York metro area and nationwide. Their growing legion of fans can watch Nets games live on ESPN and TNT national broadcasts as they’re a popular choice by both networks. Their local broadcast affiliate is the YES Network, an all sports platform that also features the New York Yankees. Among the broadcast TV affiliates, access to the Brooklyn Nets live stream varies–ESPN has good streaming coverage, TNT streams selected games while YES offers no live game streaming. For the serious basketball fan, the NBA League Pass is an option. This package provides access to virtually all televised NBA games and includes a dedicated streaming capability. The downside is that it is an expensive way to enjoy streaming Nets basketball game online costing $149 for Internet access and $199 for combined online and television coverage.
For most fans, the best option is to watch Brooklyn Nets online for free. Free sports streams are available online for virtually every sport in the world. NBA streams are particularly easy to find due to the worldwide popularity of the league. You can find a comprehensive directory of live sports streams on websites like Wiziwig, FrontRowSports, Stream2U and many others. Since these sites change their web address often, and new sites pop up frequently it’s a good idea to check Google to get the latest information. These sites offer a directory of games organized by sport and give you the option of enjoying a video stream or a radio stream for tonight’s game. You can watch Nets games live with options to select the best stream speed for your Internet connection and to play the stream on your computer, smartphone, tablet or television.
The Brooklyn Nets live stream takes the hassle out of being a fan. You can enjoy every game from anywhere in the world and watch it on the device of your choice. Live sports streams not only offer you the greatest coverage and most options, but you can’t beat the fact that it won’t cost you a dime!