B.I.G. makeover: Brooklyn Nets debuting Biggie-inspired jerseys

B.I.G. makeover: Brooklyn Nets debuting Biggie-inspired jerseys
Brooklyn Nets player Angelo Russell shows off a jersey honoring Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace.
Brooklyn Nets

They’re spreading love the Brooklyn way.

Brooklyn Nets players will honor the late local hip-hop legend, Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, by debuting a new uniform paying homage to the prolific rapper this month.

The basketball stars will first don their new black uniform trimmed in a multi-colored pattern along its sides and neck for a Nov. 17 home game at the Barclays Center in Prospect Heights. The colorful twist — which the team is calling “Brooklyn Camo” — on the squad’s signature black-and-white jerseys is a nod to Kings County’s cultural diversity, according to a Nets rep.

The new jerseys are also emblazoned with a “Bedford-Stuyvesant” logo designed by a local artist, referencing one of the neighborhoods the Clinton Hill–born Wallace, also known as the Notorious B.I.G., rose to fame rapping in before he was shot and killed in 1997 at 24-years-old.

The ballers will wear the new Nike uniforms for a total of 16 games through 2019 after debuting them, in addition to pumping up sports fans by playing the hip-hop star’s music at home games, according to a Nets rep, who said Biggie’s iconic rhymes will also be integrated into festivities including performances by the squad’s dance troupe, the Brooklynettes.

And the Nets aren’t the only Brooklynites honoring the rapper — last month, a local civic panel voted to co-name St. James Place between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street “Christopher Wallace Way” after the artist, following a failed attempt to do so in 2013.

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