Hang time: Brooklyn kids shoot the breeze with rookie Nets star

Hang time: Brooklyn kids shoot the breeze with rookie Nets star
Photo by Jason Speakman

These kids had a ball with a Net.

Youngsters from across the borough convened at Downtown’s Ingersoll Community Center on Wednesday to shoot the breeze with rookie Nets star Chris McCullough, who organizers say stuck around for two hours to sign autographs, pose for pictures, and chat with his pint-sized fans,

“The kids had a great time,” said Khalid Green, founder of the Brooklyn Bridge basketball program, who helped the organize the event. “It was special for them to meet an NBA player, shake hands with him, ask him questions, and get his autograph.”

About 80 kids turned out for the event, and were treated to T-shirts made specially for the day, along with cupcakes courtesy of Tonnies Minis — a family-owned bakery in Manhattan where McCullough’s uncle and manager Andre McCullough works.

The Nets star and his uncle have taken it upon themselves to reach out to the community through these kinds of events in an effort to get fans young and old out to Barclays Center, Green said.

“They wanted to get involved in the community even before he shot a basketball,” he said.

Mccullough, who was a first-round draft pick for the Nets, remains out of action after taring his anterior cruciate ligament earlier this year.

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