The Brooklyn Nets honored Herb Turetzky, the team's official scorer, on Monday night as he scored his 2,000th over his career, which began back in 1967 when he worked for the then ABA New Jersey Americans.
Turetzkey has been a staple for the Nets, both in New Jersey and now Brooklyn, as he began scoring games in 1967 as a LIU student. He has, quite literally, seen it all.
In 2014, Turetzky shared some of his most memorable moments as the official scorer of the Nets with Jake Appleman for his book "The Brooklyn Bounce."
On Drazen Petrovic wondering why Turetzky wanted an autographed ball after a 44-point night: Turetzky told him 44 points in an NBA game is a big deal. Petrovic noted that he had scored over a hundred points before in Europe.
On the Jason Kidd-led finals teams: "It was electric. You had a team of deer running down the floor."
On how Super John Williamson became a Net: "He bumped into Kevin (Loughery) at an airport and he told Kevin, ‘Sign me.’ We lost the first four games or so, and he went up to Kevin and he said, ‘Start me.’ And he did, and we started winning"
On the most ill-fated promotion in the team's history: "They were having a night at Rutgers for Rich Kelley [a 7-foot center]. And they made big growth charts: a full-size picture of Rich Kelley. The day they made the growth chart to give out, Rich Kelley got traded."
Congrats to Mr. Turetzky, one of the greats in the NBA.