After years of holding their open practices at Ramapo College, during the New Jersey era, then at Barclays Center, at the beginning of the Brooklyn era, the Nets the last couple of years have moved the annual fan event really out into the open at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
So “Practice in the Park” on Saturday took advantage of spectacular views and an array of courts where the team could show off their skills while fans can either watch a simulated practice or try to emulate their favorites.
There was a band, face-painting, dancers, autograph signings, access to players ... and staff up to and including Sean Marks, contests of all kinds ... right in the shadow of the city. A very New York, very Brooklyn kind of experience.
As Joe Harris said, “We’re trying to be as involved in the Brooklyn community as possible. That’s been a focal point from the moment that Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson got here.”
Indeed, just as the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950’s —”The Boys of Summer”— lived, worked and played in the borough, so do the Brooklyn Nets.
Here’s a sampling of what went on Saturday, from the Twitter accounts of the Nets, Barclays Center, YES Network and both fans and players (even an agent!) So whether you were there or not, Enjoy...
The Brooklyn Nets held practice at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Joe Harris said, "We're trying to be as involved in the Brooklyn community as possible. That's been a focal point from the moment that Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson got here." pic.twitter.com/HEztaJLkVj— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) October 6, 2018
@BrooklynNets @IAmCHAP24 #PracticeInThePark Awesome Day My nephew got to meet 2 of his favorite people, ESPECIALLY RHJ who sign his Jersey (Thank you) guys so much he can’t stop talking about Coach Kenny. You know he’s back on 2K19 play RHJ the full 48 with 20/29 from 3. pic.twitter.com/qpCFGKwwoQ— Stephen jack (@assetsoftherich) October 6, 2018
it’s cool that the nets do a practice at brooklyn bridge park pic.twitter.com/2TBTINAVUn— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) October 6, 2018
WHAT DO YOU EVEN CALL THIS?! (via jordansoutherland25/IG) pic.twitter.com/DCUxq0mvbP— Overtime (@overtime) October 6, 2018
Congrats to the Nets and the city parks department for a wonderful day.
- Practice in the Park with the @BrooklynNets! (Video) - YES Network
- Nets try second annual ‘Practice in the Park’ to ingratiate Brooklyn fans - Brian Heymann - Newsday
- Sweet-shooting Net knows he can’t be one-dimensional player - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets hold practice in the park for the second time - Greg Thompson - News 12 Brooklyn