The Nets attracted an average of 1,000 more fans at Prudential Center last season than they did at IZOD Center during their 12-70 debacle. And barring a season long lockout, they'll likely attract more this coming season with Deron Williams at the helm and healthy from Day 1.
But is that enough to attract another NBA team to Newark?
Mayor Cory Booker hopes so. He took advantage of a New York Liberty pep rally at The Rock Thursday to reiterate his belief that his city can support an NBA franchise, even with the Knicks and Nets playing home games within 15 miles of Newark. The Liberty will play three seasons in Brick City while the Garden is being renovated.
"I'm reaching out. I'm engaged, I'm hungry, I want an NBA team here for the good of the city of Newark and I'll entertain any conversations about that," he said.
- Newark welcomes Liberty, eyes own team - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
Booker welcomes WNBA's Liberty to Prudential Center - Andre Malok - Star-Ledger