The Brooklyn Nets hosted what it called “Practice in The Park at Brooklyn Bridge Park,” Saturday but it was more an event for to get connected with the die-hard fan base rather than a practice per se. Coming just days in-time for the regular season opener, next Wednesday, vs. in Indiana, it was SRO on Pier 2.
For the players and their fans, they just had fun.
First, let’s begin with the player introductions, led by Yakuba Ouattara and stamped by Jeremy Lin at the back end.
Next up, knockout, one of the game’s greatest pastimes. All 17 Nets were on-hand, several took part. Even Kenny Atkinson got into it!
On the other court at the Park, we had the aftermath of a game of knockout, in which Quincy Acy outlasted everyone, including (lastly) D’Angelo Russell.
Other Nets can be seen on video sharing a laugh, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (more on him shortly), hurls a basketball, quarterback style.
Why? Who knows.
You know what, let’s get to Hollis-Jefferson now.
First of all, Brooklyn Bridge Park needed an emcee that could move the crowd, and The Hyphen stepped up.
Here he is again, just providing a shining light in an overcast sky (which really cleared up as the event went on).
Here he is … well … just look.
Speaking of emcee’s that could move the crowd, DeMarre Carroll was probably the most successful.
Here, Carroll attempts to orchestrate a dance-off between a few Nets, including Caris LeVert, D’Angelo Russell and the aforementioned Hollis-Jefferson.
There was more from Carroll A couple of the kids were participating in a game and got into the midst of a great head-to-head. Carroll was trying to get his Ian Eagle on as these two possible future Division I stars looked to stake their claims among NBA stars.
Saving the best for last: Jarrett Allen, Milly Rocking.
Does it get better than this? No, it does not.