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Swish! Nets provide Key assist in the form of free groceries

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Sometimes the Nets get slam dunks off the court.

Brooklyn Nets point guard Shaun Livingston and team mascot BrooklyKnight surprised wide-eyed shoppers at the a Park Slope Key Food supermarket with gift cards on Wednesday night — and even helped them bag a few groceries.

“It is a great surprise for kids,” Livingston said. “You never know when they are having a bad day.”

The unexpected appearance at the store on Fifth Avenue at Sterling Place was part of the Nets’ Random Acts of Kindness program, in which players surprise Brooklynites with goodies such as free gas. Last year, Kim Kardashian’s former hubby Kris Humphries and small forward Jerry Stackhouse came to the same Key Food and paid for the items of a few working stiffs.

Small forward Paul Pierce was slated to help this time around but was so sick he missed practice, as well as the promotional event, according to a Nets spokeswoman. But patrons were still pleasantly surprised to see the athletes out and about in the Slope.

“I am glad they came out to the neighborho­od,” said Nets fan and Park Slope resident Koave Joseph. “It does not always have to be about the super-stardom.”

Updated 1:50 pm, January 24, 2014
Reach reporter Megan Riesz at mriesz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
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Reasonable discourse

Random acts of promotion says:
Thanks for playing along, Brooklyn Paper.

Do ya think the Nets would do this *if* they couldn't get free publicity?

Think about how much this costs the Nets: a few bucks in gift cards, surely less than an advertisement in the paper would cost. The players likely have to do this as part of their contracts.
Jan. 24, 2014, 8:25 am
Random acts of promotion says:
Thanks for playing along, Brooklyn Paper.

Do ya think the Nets would do this *if* they couldn't get free publicity?

Think about how much this costs the Nets: a few bucks in gift cards, surely less than an advertisement in the paper would cost. The players likely have to do this as part of their contracts.
Jan. 24, 2014, 8:25 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon me, but the "Random acts of promotion" charactor (if the is his or her real name) says:

"Thanks for playing along, Brooklyn Paper.

"Do ya think the Nets would do this *if* they couldn't get free publicity?

"Think about how much this costs the Nets: a few bucks in gift cards, surely less than an advertisement in the paper would cost. The players likely have to do this as part of their contracts"

...and then says it AGAIN. Pardon my pointing this out, but I'm afraid somebody had to.
John Wasserman
Jan. 24, 2014, 12:50 pm
Joe johnson from Park slope says:
Thanks you cynical sarcastic member of the WFP
Jan. 25, 2014, 10:56 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Thanks you, too. I'm sorry for your lost. Pardon me.
Jan. 26, 2014, 4:27 pm

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