Brooklyn man to be the voice of the Barclays Center

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The Brooklyn Nets are showing that they’re serious about their first name.

The team just announced that Bushwick resident and Fort Greene cigar bar owner David Diamante will be the new public address announcer at the soon-to-be-completed Barclays Center — a move that puts a deep Brooklyn voice on the borough’s biggest stage.

“My family is all Brooklyn,” said Diamante, whose roots go back to a great-great-grandfather, who owned a store in Fort Greene in 1868. “This borough is such a great city, it’s a travesty we haven’t had a team for so long.”

Diamante skipped the Nets’ much-ballyhooed “open call” for a new voice back in October, thanks to a 10-year PA career that has included announcing professional boxing matches at Madison Square Garden

But team officials said that his deep and energetic delivery would have separated him from the crowd of 300 wannabes who showed up that day.

“He has this really cool and strong voice,” said Petra Pope, a team vice president. “When I first saw [him audition], I knew he was the one right away.”

The team will get a side benefit from hiring Diamante, who is active in charities in his spare time, most recently including holding an auction that raised more than $18,000 for Treasure Island Pre-school in Bay Ridge.

“I try to live my life like that,” Diamante said. “You have to be a good neighbor.”

The Nets have been struggling to be just that as the controversial Barclays Center nears completion. But Diamante thinks that any lingering hard feelings will disappear once the team hits the hard wood.

“Come 2012, the roof is going to come off that arena,” Diamante said. “There’s going to be so much energy.”

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow his Tweets at @from_where_isit.

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Joey from Clinton Hills says:
phew, I was worried that they would get someone from Boston. (like Suzyn Waldman on the Yankee broadcasts.)
Dec. 20, 2011, 10:30 am
Lou from Prospect Heights says:
"“You have to be a good neighbor.”

The Nets have been struggling to be just that as the controversial Barclays Center nears completion."

Huh? Is this an article or an editorial? HOW are the Nets struggling to be good neighbors exactly? Ridiculous unsupported huckstering for a bunch of Russian owned losers moving into a terror target extraordinaire after kicking 900 people out of their homes and businesses! Oh, yeah, their really struggling to be good neighbors!

Like you're struggling to be a good reporter. Hey, have you met Natalie yet? You've got a lot in common!
Dec. 20, 2011, 12:04 pm
InTheSlope from Park Slope says:
Hey David…. The Nets are ‘struggling to be good neighbors’ because the sh*t on the neighborhood 24/7/365…. You live in Ft Green…. Try crossing Atlantic Ave @ 4:30am & stay until 3:30am; They’ll give you a tour on why the ‘Nets are struggling to be good neighbors’… contact is @ or just look @ the posting here …. Either way Brooklyn is never going to support the NJ Nets by giving a local an announcing job….
Dec. 20, 2011, 1:45 pm
John from Flatbush says:
Cool, glad to hear a Brooklyn guy got the job. I'm getting excited about the Nets, will certainly be heading to the arena for some games. My only wish is that we get hockey too....come on, Islanders!
Dec. 20, 2011, 2:05 pm
Manhatposeur from Portlyn Lakes Park says:
THis guy has an awesome voice and presence. He has doen an excellent job for the Muay Thai fight shows for Friday Night Fights, congratulations!
Dec. 20, 2011, 3:37 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I am sure he will love to say how happy he will be to be a PA announcer at a playground for the rich built by taxpayer dollars.
Dec. 20, 2011, 4:13 pm
JD123 from Prospect Heights says:
Why all of the invested hate, Tal? You aren't even from Brooklyn.
July 22, 2012, 3:05 pm

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