Nets nix the Knight

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It is lights out for the Brooklyn Knight.

The Brooklyn Nets cut one of their most animated players last week, saying so long to their medieval mascot after less than two years.

“We put a lot of energy and thought into Brooklyn Knight, but we’ve decided to go in a different direction,” said Barry Baum, a spokesman for the Nets.

The team refers to the costumed cheerleader, who wears a black spandex suit, a shiny metallic mask, and a cape, as a superhero, and Marvel issued a comic book staring the Knight. The team’s website describes him as the guardian of the Nets who “draws strength from the beating heart of the borough that birthed him.”

So much for that.

An informal survey of social media posts indicates that few Nets fans will miss the short-lived mascot.

“#FINALLY @BrooklynNets are dumping their moronic #mascot - #Brooklyn Knight,” wrote one Twitter user. “#wtf was that about anyway? So #stupid.”

The concepts behind most team mascots are not so complicated, which might explain why the Knight never really caught on. For instance, the Brooklyn Cyclones have Sandy the Seagull, named for Brooklyn Dodgers hurler Sandy Koufax.

Nets management did not announce plans for a replacement mascot or say anything further about why it got the axe.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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