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Joe Tsai thanks ‘vintage’ fans with a commemorative wine

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Last month, Joe Tsai hosted an extraordinary meeting of 200 season ticket holders ... and not just those who sit in the front row. For two hours (with a short break to postpone a previously scheduled phone call), Tsai took questions from his home in Hong Kong over Zoom. Here’s what one fan’s screen grab captured...

The Q. and A. —billed as a “virtual fireside chat”— was off-the-record, but suffice it to say it was wide-ranging and a nice gesture in the midst of a pandemic.

And that wasn’t the end of it. This week, the fans who participated got a special gift, a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Frank Family Vineyards in the Napa Valley, dressed up in black-and-white and renamed “Brooklyn State of Mind.” It was accompanied by a note of thanks from the Nets alternate governor —and interim CEO— Oliver Weisberg. Weisberg served as host for the Zoom chat. His note read in part...

Thank you for attending our virtual fireside chat with Brooklyn Nets Governor Joe Tsai. We truly enjoyed the engaging questions and thoughtful dialogue with our most dedicated fans and look forward to getting to know you better and growing our relationship in the future.

Fans were impressed and took to social media to thank Tsai and Weisberg...

It’s hard to imagine any other NBA owner —”governor”— doing what Tsai did. Maybe Steve Ballmer of the Clippers or Marc Cuban of the Mavericks ... and certainly no other owner in New York.