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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Nets to honor former players, coaches Monday

By Mike Mazzeo

The Nets will pay tribute to several former players and coaches on Monday night, when they take on the 76ers in their final home game ever in the state of New Jersey.

Some of the players slated to attend the halftime ceremony include Kenny Anderson, Otis Birdsong, Darwin Cook, Derrick Coleman, Kendall Gill, Albert King, Kerry Kittles, Chris Morris and Mike O’Koren.

“In our final home game in New Jersey, we want to demonstrate our deep appreciation to the players and coaches who have been part of this organization during is 35 years in our state,” CEO Brett Yormark said in a statement. “We also want to especially thank our great fans for their support and loyalty.”

“The New Jersey Nets have been part of the fabric of sports in this state for more than three decades,” GM Billy King said. “Players such as Buck Williams, Drazen Petrovic, Derrick Coleman, Micheal Ray Richardson, and Jason Kidd all called Jersey home at one point during their careers. The final game on the 23rd will present a fitting tribute to this rich history of NBA basketball in the Garden State.”

In their 35 years playing in New Jersey -- which began in 1977 -- the Nets have compiled a .421 winning percentage and reached the playoffs 16 times.

They’ll be moving to Brooklyn and the $1 billion Barclays Center in 2012-13.