New Jersey Nets WILL change name!

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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 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.

Updated 6:51 pm, August 12, 2010
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Reasonable discourse

Paul Barba from Formerly CitiLine says:
I think they should change it to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Aug. 12, 2010, 1 pm
FOADAtlanticYards from Downtown says:
It's obvious: they're gonna be the Brooklyn NYETS
Aug. 12, 2010, 1:16 pm
SpoooonBK from Sunset says:
Bah! It should have been Brooklyn Ballers
Aug. 12, 2010, 1:52 pm
os says:
Should be the Brooklyn Generals
Brooklyn Hypes
Brooklyn GMs

or of course
the brooklyn Globes
Aug. 12, 2010, 1:53 pm
1212 from LA says:
Brooklyn Revolution
Brooklyn Knights
Aug. 12, 2010, 2:33 pm
coney island Baby from CI says:
NYETS sounds right to me
Aug. 12, 2010, 3:45 pm
Hank from Park Slope says:
Brooklyn Bankers!!
Aug. 12, 2010, 3:54 pm
Mazz from Bay Ridge says:
The Brooklyn Ratnets...
Aug. 12, 2010, 3:57 pm
Jay-Zee from Bay Ridge says:
Brooklyn NWA
Brooklyn Crooklyns
Brooklyn Gangstas
Brooklyn Blasters
Brooklyn Beotches
Brooklyn Bruthas
Brooklyn Bastiges
Brooklyn Mafia
Brooklyn Cyclones
Brooklyn Beyoncés
Aug. 12, 2010, 4:19 pm
Chris from Boerum Hill says:
The Dirty Ratners
Aug. 12, 2010, 5:04 pm
Vin says:
The Brooklyn Gowani (plural for Gowanus)
Aug. 12, 2010, 5:17 pm
Steve Nitwitt from Sheepshead Bay says:
Anything but the Brooklyn Paper.
Aug. 12, 2010, 5:57 pm
Terry from Park Slope says:
The Brooklyn Brownstoners, since they are the only ones who can afford tickets.
Aug. 12, 2010, 6:49 pm
Tree from Sheepshead Bay says:
The Brooklyn Jayz
Aug. 12, 2010, 6:58 pm
Bram from NL says:
Breukelen Nets
Aug. 12, 2010, 9:54 pm
Tj from Millville, nj says:
Thank God Nj Dosent need the nets or remeber them ever again. Go 76ers. Tho therefore the Nets New Name Should Be The Brooklyn 2009ers Cause of that bad season. Naww name them the Brooklyn Poooos
Aug. 12, 2010, 10:59 pm
ProkharovFan#1 from Bushwick, Br, NY says:
Brooklyn Jayz(nice ring to it)
Brooklyn Revolution(ay)
Brooklyn Knights(ex. He's a Brooklynite)
Brooklyn Nets(yeah well)
Aug. 12, 2010, 11:44 pm
Gloria from Sheepshead Bay says:
Brooklyn Hoops. It's about time Brooklyn got a good sports team. Can't wait to see them play!
Aug. 12, 2010, 11:44 pm
K from Carroll Gardens says:
The Brooklyn Edge
Aug. 12, 2010, 11:51 pm
Bruce Ratner buddy from Goldstein's old condo says:
Brooklyn Normanodersucks
Aug. 13, 2010, 12:03 am
Bob from PLG says:
I wish they'd change their name to the Bismark, ND Nets--we don't need them here.
Aug. 13, 2010, 8:07 am
Mel from Park Slope says:
How about the BROOKLYN BURROS. It pays homage to the Borough of Brooklyn. Plus, the Burro is a scruffy and feisty animal with a bit of fight. The logo could be a burro kicking a basketball over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Aug. 13, 2010, 8:26 am
Jamie from Flatbush says:
The Newark Nets.
Aug. 13, 2010, 8:32 am
sammy from park slope says:
How about " Marty's Brooklyn Mashuginas ".
Aug. 13, 2010, 8:41 am
OGL from Clinton Hill says:
Brooklyn Dirty Hoopsters, or
Brooklyn Hoopster Trash
Aug. 13, 2010, 8:45 am
Gary from Park Slope says:
Brooklyn Lords (of Flatbush)
Aug. 13, 2010, 8:47 am
qwert from ft greene says:
The Brooklyn Fried Chickens
Aug. 13, 2010, 8:58 am
will from pslope says:
Brooklyn Bridge
Aug. 13, 2010, 9:01 am
Craig from Bushwick says:
Brooklyn Traffic Jam
Probably shortened to Brooklyn Jammers

Brooklyn Dodgers were originally Trolly Dodgers so the traffic conditions at the Atlantic yards will be an appropriate name for the team.

As to NY teams shortening their names. New York Knickerbockers are NY Knicks. NY Metropolitans aren NY Mets.

Brooklyn Jammers
would follow both Brooklyn and NY team naming tradition.
Aug. 13, 2010, 9:48 am
harry from downtown says:
Brooklyn Floorboards
Nets sinking to a new low.
Aug. 13, 2010, 9:50 am
jc from Prospect Heights says:
Brooklyn Traffic Jams for the horrible traffic this project has caused.

Brooklyn Tax Payers
Brooklyn Rats
Brooklyn Goons
Brooklyn Boondongles
Brooklyn Sellouts
Brooklyn ACORNs
Aug. 13, 2010, 10:20 am
fortygreens from Fort Greene says:
Brooklyn Hipster Douchbags
Brookyn Heightz
Brooklyn Please Don't Steal My iPod
Brooklyn Billyburg
Brooklyn Potholes
Brooklyn Drive-bys
Brookyn Projects
Aug. 13, 2010, 11:38 am
MS from Fort Greene says:

Brooklyn B's (Best Borough, Best Basketball, Best Ever)
Aug. 13, 2010, 11:47 am
Liz from Midwood says:

Brooklyn Flash
Aug. 13, 2010, Noon
George from Boca Raton says:
This team has had the name NETS since it's inception into the ABA. What is the need to change it??? Lets win an NBA Championship with the same name! Think about it the name NETS is a perfect basketball name. Other teams have names that even correspond to basketball do we want to be like those teams? Come to think about it not many teams have a name that directly reflect basketball terminology. Let's be different and save this name for basketball sake!
Aug. 13, 2010, 12:32 pm
Skeeters from Piso says:
Brooklyn Bullets
Aug. 13, 2010, 3:22 pm
Animal from M.I.Yayo says:
The Brooklyn Zows
Aug. 13, 2010, 4:24 pm
Dr J. from Flatbush says:
@Craig: I suggested Brooklyn Taxi Dodgers elsewhere, but Jammers (Brooklyn Traffic Jam) might be the best idea I've heard yet.
Aug. 13, 2010, 9 pm
Jay from Carroll says:
Brooklyn Pride
Aug. 13, 2010, 10:06 pm
Mike from Concord Village says:
Brooklyn Carpetbaggers
Aug. 14, 2010, 7:42 am
judahspend from Bed-stuy says:
Brooklyn Bounce
Aug. 14, 2010, 9:28 am
smooth ali says:
new york nets
Aug. 14, 2010, 12:29 pm
smooth ali says:
there's no pro team in new york named after a borough, Booklyn what ever can be the nick name.New York Nets will be there NBA name.
Aug. 14, 2010, 12:48 pm
Jay Z from Clocktower Penthouse says:
Brooklyn Bugaloo
Brooklyn Bamboozle
Crooklyn Crunk
Brooklyn Warriors
Brooklyn Biggies
Brooklyn Boners
Bizzy Bagpipers
Bodacious Biddies
Brooklyn Bingers
Brooklyn Bongadongs
Bousy Brookyliners
Brokelyn Bums
Aug. 14, 2010, 8:15 pm
Sonia Wilson from Flatbush/Fort Greene says:
The Brooklyn Trees (lol got it? A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. They're tall too!)
Aug. 15, 2010, 8:57 am
RussianNYCdotNet from Brighton Beach says:
I hate to disappoint anyone, but Mr. Prokhorov wants national or even international recognition and naming his team "Brooklyn Whatever" won't help that. The tem would probably be named New York ****somethings. However, if he does decide to include Brooklyn in the name, it could be the Brooklyn Meteors.
Aug. 15, 2010, 9:10 pm
MUSCLE13 from Brooklyn says:
That's an easy one -

Brooklyn Attitudes
Aug. 15, 2010, 10:06 pm
Sanjoy Sarkar from Atlanta, GA says:
New York Slashers
Brooklyn Enforcers
Aug. 17, 2010, 7:35 pm
Brotha from Anotha Motha says:
NY Roc's (rock= ball, roc= rocafella)
Aug. 18, 2010, 9:29 am
gmk from astoria says:
Aug. 21, 2010, 12:34 am
Zoe from Downtown BK says:
Brooklyn New Jerseys
Aug. 23, 2010, 7:01 am
The Man from The Hood says:
New York Ball Killers (NYBK)
New York Boroughs
New York Empires
New York Stoops
New York Projects
New York Bodega's
New York Fresh
Aug. 23, 2010, 9:32 am from prospect heights says:
I love the idea of the "Brooklyn Knights" as in Brooklynites. It would get some new fans with borough pride to wear hats, shirts and buy fan memorabilia and maybe even go to games.
Aug. 26, 2010, 8:51 am
maurice wright from chicago heights says:
Brooklyn americans
Aug. 28, 2010, 5:10 pm
Peppino from Bensonhurst says:
NYC Brooklynites
Sept. 3, 2010, 9:44 am
Chris from Cohoes says:
The best new name is the Brooklyn Bridge not the Brooklyn Bridges but simply Brooklyn Bridge.

Reasons why.
1) bridges symbolize stability
2) The Brooklyn Bridge is Brooklyn's most iconic Structure
3) it is a sensible choice and it actually relates to the city unlike teams like the lakers and jazz
4)Just imagine the creativity that could be put in to the logo.
5) it has a nice ring to it ( just imagine hearing the arena announcer say " and now here they are your Brooklyn Bridge"
Oct. 15, 2010, 12:41 am
BakedBomb says:
Brooklyn Brawlers
Brooklyn BakedBombs
Brooklyn DevilBats
Brooklyn Badger
Brooklyn WhiteSharks
Brooklyn Hellhounds
Oct. 23, 2010, 1:53 am
Hoooooo says:
Brooklyn Fighting Chinese-immigrants
Oct. 28, 2010, 1:54 pm
RexRegorum1112 from Bronx,NY says:
First and foremost, we cannot forget that New York's (Brooklyn bred) son, Sean "Jay-Z" Carter has some stock in this team. So out of respect to him and the many stars who came up out of that tough and well recognized city, I think either New York or Brooklyn "Stars" or "Icons" are good suggestions. But I have to be honest I like "Brooklyn Bridge" Aka "The Bridge". Imagine future would be NBA hopefuls wanting to play for "The Bridge" out of NYC? Catchy!
Oct. 29, 2010, 9:33 am
A-Roc from Jersey says:
Newark Nets. its jerseys team
Nov. 1, 2010, 11:44 pm
Lebron.......NO!! from Miami says:
Brooklyn Rush
Nov. 9, 2010, 8:02 pm
tony from the 'hurst says:
I like the Brooklyn Jammers/ JAMS (as in traffic jams) ...or the Brooklyn Americans (Pride) ...keeping the name NETS is still the best solution... even if they decide to change it to the New York Nets Of Brooklyn... as long as it carries the Brooklyn name!
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:56 am
Lucas says:
Brooklyn Royals or Brooklyn Knights sound much better than Ballers
Nov. 11, 2010, 11:22 pm
Brooklyn Knights Basketball from Greenpoint says:
Brooklyn Knights all the way!
Nov. 16, 2010, 2:23 pm
The dodgers came from Brooklyn says:
Brooklyn dodgers
Nov. 29, 2010, 8:04 pm
Mister Dog from Crown Heights says:
I like Knights as well; also

Brooklyn Stevedores
Brooklyn Longshoreman

Brooklyn still has a working waterfront to go along with gentrification nation.
Dec. 5, 2010, 10:40 pm
Willie says:
Whats wrong with the New York Nets?!

I mean Brooklyn as the team name isn't smaller than manhattan.
Dec. 14, 2010, 6 pm
Ted from Indiana says:
Brooklyn MC's
Brooklyn Cagers
Brooklyn Shooters
Brooklyn Hitmen
Brooklyn Tigers
Brooklyn Cabers
Brooklyn Crowns
Brooklyn Bass
Brooklyn Rappers
Brooklyn Marties
Brooklyn Fredy's
Brooklyn Bulldozers
Brooklyn Batteries
Brooklyn Blue Raiders
Dec. 16, 2010, 2:31 pm
Ted from Indiana says:
Oh yeah here's another good one Brooklyn Brooklynights.
Dec. 16, 2010, 2:33 pm
Nick from KY says:
New York Rent Is Too Damn High-ers
Dec. 27, 2010, 2:46 pm
Paul from Crown heights says:
Brooklyn Ballers
Jan. 16, 2011, 10:30 pm
Joe from Bed-Stuy says:
Brooklyn Nights
Jan. 17, 2011, 11:42 am
Joe from Bed-Stuy says:
Brooklyn Nights
Jan. 17, 2011, 11:43 am
adam from eyyyo says:
brooklyn monsters
Feb. 23, 2011, 2:16 pm
Dean from Brooklyn says:
brooklyn bombers
Feb. 25, 2011, 3:43 pm
chris d from brookyln says:
nah brookyln jayhawks
March 30, 2011, 7:30 pm
Tony from Staten Island says:
Brooklyn Brigade
Brooklyn Bulldogs
Brooklyn Steeple Chasers
Brooklyn Bruisers
Brooklyn Trollies
Brooklyn Wonder Wheels
Brooklyn Atlantics
Brooklyn Honeymooners
Brooklyn Inferno
Brooklyn Barons
Brooklyn Americans
Brooklyn Kings...damn Sacramento...kings county get it!
April 5, 2011, 9:43 pm
Sabrina from Bay Ridge says:
Brooklyn Bridegrooms
Brooklyn Pitbulls
Brooklyn Night Owls
Brooklyn Stars
Brooklyn Hoopsters
Brooklyn Robins
Brooklyn Breakers
Brooklyn Gladiators
April 5, 2011, 9:55 pm
roberto from flatbush says:
Brooklyn Fury
Brooklyn Narrows
Brooklyn Sparrows
Brooklyn Express
Brooklyn Pipers
Brooklyn Claws
Brooklyn Condors
Brooklyn Cougars
April 5, 2011, 10:02 pm
leo from manhattan says:
brooklyn stallions
brooklyn invaders
brooklyn bandits
brooklyn renegades
brooklyn outlaws
brooklyn gamblers
April 5, 2011, 10:04 pm
giovanna from jersey city says:
Brooklyn Rage
April 5, 2011, 10:06 pm
peter from east setauket says:
The Brooklyn Cardinal, The Brooklyn Friars , The Brooklyn Saints, The Brooklyn Angels (something with affiliate to religious terms because brooklyn is known as the borough of churches
April 12, 2011, 12:51 pm
tim from long island says:
I say the brooklyn tigers. sounds cool and tough
April 13, 2011, 8:08 pm
johhny from yonkers says:
lets go back to the new york nets. its retro and has a good ring to it
April 13, 2011, 9:49 pm
Mike from West Milford says:
For the person that said go 76er's your teams all are horrific teams. They shouldn't move to Brooklyn or change their name. If they do move. Keep the name the same!
May 26, 2011, 3:07 pm
nahro from williamsburg says:
How about Brooklyn Shields, rhymes with Brooke Shields, who also relocated from New Jersey to New York...
May 30, 2011, 5:50 am
Varghese from Westchester says:
Brooklyn Renegades
Brooklyn Outlaws
Brooklyn Cobras
Brooklyn Knights

anything but the Nets and New Yorkers. put some creativity into this
May 30, 2011, 3:06 pm
abs from Westchester says:
Brooklyn Fury has a great ring to it
May 30, 2011, 3:07 pm
dennis Anner from jersey city says:
They shold be call "The Brooklyn brawlers!
June 4, 2011, 2:34 pm
Michael Jackson from Princeton says:
Brooklyn "This team should really be in a better city" Nets!
June 7, 2011, 4:58 pm
Alex from Union City says:
brooklyn gators sounds great
June 20, 2011, 12:59 am
Dennis Rodriguez from jersey city says:
The Brooklyn Brawlers baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 21, 2011, 11:17 am
demetrios999 from Florida says:
In the style of the LA Angels of Anaheiim, presenting the

New York Nets of Brooklyn
June 22, 2011, 7:23 am
demetrios999 from Florida says:
Seriously, they are just going to be the New York Nets again.
June 22, 2011, 9:17 am
Glen Allen from Richmond VA says:
I was born in Brooklyn - gotta be Brooklyn something, yeah, I'm talking to you! Nets too easy, Bridge too obvious, Dodgers too ironic. Need a name that conveys strength - presenting:

The Brooklyn Brawn
The Brooklyn Rams (stole that one from Final Four VCU!)
The Brooklyn Thrust
The Brooklyn Surge
The Brooklyn Blizzard
The Brooklyn Wave (heat, crime, tidal, etc.)
June 23, 2011, 10:56 pm
Jack Worth from Brooklyn Heights says:
"The Brooklyn Thank-God-We-Got-Out-Of-New-Jersey(s)"
June 24, 2011, 11:34 am
greg from brooklyn heights says:
brooklyn birds
June 27, 2011, 6:36 am
greg from brooklyn heights says:
or brooklyn bluebirds
June 27, 2011, 6:37 am
josh from flushings says:
Brooklyn High-Risers cause of all the skyscrappers in new york
June 27, 2011, 7:38 pm
vinnytheginny from Philly says:
should stay the nets so there could be the jets, mets, and the nets. new york stinks at every sport though
June 30, 2011, 10:29 am
BigCitySid from NYC says:
Best name: Brooklyn Knights. Such an amazing play on words. All Brooklyn residence consider themselves Brooklynites.
July 13, 2011, 10:01 am
maxmessling from outoftown says:
New York Nets
July 15, 2011, 5:26 pm
rj from mn says:
the brooklyn rim rockers
July 21, 2011, 10:48 am
Tyler Jones says:
The Brooklyn Kardashians
July 26, 2011, 2:27 pm
TommyC says:
There are no "Bronx Yankees", there are no "Queens Mets"; so, they should be "New York Nets". New York is a great city, and being New Yorker is a pride, no matter you live in Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn or Richmond.
July 27, 2011, 2:37 pm
Tom J says:
New York Giraffes
Aug. 3, 2011, 8:26 am
trip from brownsville says:

brooklyn bombers
Aug. 7, 2011, 3:15 pm
Robbie from Ohio says:
New York Nets
Aug. 7, 2011, 6:24 pm
Fikrat from Baku says:
Brooklyn Seals
Brooklyn Lions
Brooklyn Gentlemen
New York Stars
Aug. 12, 2011, 2:05 am
Chris from Jersey city says:
Brooklyn Express.
Brooklyn Armor
Brooklyn Empire
Brooklyn Alliance
Brooklyn Power
Aug. 30, 2011, 7:25 pm
Ian from Bronx says:
Sept. 2, 2011, 2:19 pm
paul from Upper East Side says:
Brooklyn Gentrifiers
Sept. 6, 2011, 10:21 am
Adam from Park slope says:
Brooklyn Eagles like the old paper?
Sept. 23, 2011, 3:52 pm
Mike from Brooklyn says:
New York Cardinals
Oct. 22, 2011, 11:46 pm
Anthony from Paul's Boutique says:
Brooklyn Beasties
Nov. 5, 2012, 8:39 pm

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