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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
New Nets series pays homage to Brooklyn

By Mike Mazzeo

“Brooklyn Nets: The Association,” a documentary series about the Nets’ first season in Brooklyn, premiered on NBA TV tonight at 10 p.m.

As GM Billy King tweeted, the first show “paid homage” to Brooklyn and the Nets, giving history and background on the borough and the team’s offseason.

As I wrote in my news story a week ago, the big quote in Episode 1 came from King, when asked to recall a conversation he had with Deron Williams before free agency:

“One thing Deron did say to me, he said, ‘Please, just don't wait on Dwight. We can't wait and not have a team.’ The team of Brooklyn is bigger than one person. I owed it to the organization, I owed it to our fans, I owed it to Deron and the players that we have to build for Brooklyn and we went forward and built our team.”

Interesting factoid on Nets coach Avery Johnson:

“I came into the NBA in 1988 as an undrafted rookie, and had to try out for a team (the Seattle SuperSonics) where there was only one spot available,” Johnson said.

The Nets coach made that team. Eleven years later, he won his first NBA championship running the point guard position for the San Antonio Spurs.

Here’s a look at the on-air schedule for upcoming episodes:

Episode 2: Friday, Nov. 2 6:30 p.m.
Episode 3: Friday, Nov. 9 6:30 p.m.
Episode 4: Friday, Nov. 16 6:30 p.m.
Episode 5: Friday, Nov. 30 6:30 p.m.