BREAKING: New Jersey Nets WILL change name!

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov

A team in a new town needs a new name, right?

New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has filed paperwork with the NBA to change the name of the Brooklyn-bound team — setting the stage for countless arguments at sports bars across the borough.

“The name change will happen in 2012,” Prokhorov told Forbes Russia magazine, referring to the season when the team is expected to play in the Barclays Center at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues.

It is unclear what the shooting Tsar actually has planned, though — apparently the paperwork needs to be filed even just to change the team name from “New Jersey Nets” to the “Brooklyn Nets.”

Previously, Prokhorov had joked to reporters that he would change the name of the team to his current girlfriend, and that every time he broke up with her, he would change the name again.

Still, the possibility remains of a completely new team name with a new logo, new nicknames, and a whole new image, so the time to chime in is now.

In the spirit of new beginnings, we’re asking our readers to send in their proposed name for the Brooklyn squad by e-mailing the new monicker to newsroom@cnglocal.com. We’ll pass them along to our friends at the Nets — and publish a story with our favorites.

Send your suggestion to newsroom@cnglocal. Please include your name and daytime phone number, so we can get back to you.

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