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.”