There's probably no stranger or larger-scale lockout imagery removal than the Nets sending Deron Williams down the Memory Hole on seven billboards and bus stops in Brooklyn and replacing him with cultural or global icon (that's how the Nets officially refer to him) Jay-Z. The switch took place just before the lockout.
At the time, the Nets said the switch meant nothing, but there's little doubt now, after watching the NBA scrub its sites of players' imagery, that team billboards had to meet those same standards. Mike BTB of Brooklyn Trolley Bloggers shows off the big example near Barclays Center.
- Jay-Z Takes His Place Over Flatbush - Mike BTB - Brooklyn Trolley Blogger
- How The NBA Lockout Made The New Jersey Nets 100 Times Cooler - Andrew Sharp - SB Nation New York
Jay-Z Replaces Deron Williams In Billboards - Alexandra Kuczynski-Brown - SportsGrid