The NBA season is over, which means the New Jersey Nets are now officially the Brooklyn Nets. With that change comes a lot of stuff — new uniforms which we haven’t yet seen, a new arena which hasn’t yet been opened, new players who we’re not sure who they are and, most likely, the same old terrible record. No matter how much things change, they still stay the same.

Another new thing we’re sure to be seeing, however, is a new Nets mascot — great news for those of us who don’t even know what the Nets’ current mascot is. And according to the New York Post, it’s going to be extra super hero-y.

Get ready to meet the Brooklyn Knight, defender and supporter of all things Nets.

Captain Brooklyn or the Brooklyn Decker or Brooky the Bridge apparently didn’t cut it for the Brooklyn Nets’ new mascot which has been developed through the help of the folks at Marvel Comics, industry and team sources said. The new mascot is said to have a knight’s theme and will replace Sly Fox, who like many in the team’s New Jersey fan base will not be making the trek across two rivers to the Barclays Center. It is not known exactly when the Nets will showcase their new mascot. [...]

And so a new mascot follows. The Nets, who have the NBA’s most devout comic book fanatic in center Brook Lopez, sought advice and designs from the brain trust at Marvel Comics where the likes of Captain America, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man were born.

Upon hearing the news that Marvel Comics were behind the Brooklyn Knight, Brook Lopez probably said, “For real? Like, for real for real? Duuuuude, that’s so AWESOME. I’m a huge Marvel guy, like, obviously. No disrespect to DC or whatever, cuz like, Superman and Batman and Lagoon Boy and Red Panzer, no doy, so they’re still cool with me no doubt. But Marvel, man. Marvel is, like, the best. I’m beyond stoked, bros. Gonna celebrate with mad avocados.”

Brook Lopez’s glowing review notwithstanding, this is going to be good. A knight has just as little connection to the Nets as a fox did, so that’s no matter. But the fact that a reputable comic book team is behind the design of this thing means they’ll probably end up with a decent mascot, unlike Minnesota’s ratty Crunch the Wolf,  the very generic Rufus Lynx of the Bobcats or the Kings’ Slamson the Lion, who I am pretty sure is just wearing tan sweats under his jersey. Having Marvel head things up is a really good idea.

At the very least, it’s smarter than letting Jay-Z design the mascot. If it’s anything like what he did for the logo, the Nets would have ended up with a 3-D stick figure who carries a sword made of two 2×4′s stuck together with some gum.

(via I Am a GM)

Comments (17)

  1. Brooklynite = Brooklyn Knight

    • My high school alma mater, Brooklyn Tech uses that as it’s nickname for it’s sports clubs. I’m pretty sure that they would give it up for the Nets lol.

      • In fact, the “Brooklyn Knight” name is already owned by a semi-professional soccer team that plays at the iconic – in the soccer world, at least – Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth, Queens (although the team was originally based in Brooklyn). The Nets PR staff should have done a little research before announcing the mascot because now they’ll surely have to buy the rights to the name from the soccer club. The proposition of buying the rights to the name “Brooklyn Knight” should have been fairly straightforward, but now that the Nets have announced their mascot, the soccer club has leverage to raise the price on the rights to the mascot name significantly (as backing out now would surely be more costly for the Nets). Iffy start for the new franchise…

  2. Other than the Suns’ Gorilla and Benny the Bull, I don’t think I could name any team’s mascot. I’m a Warrior fan, and I don’t even know our own mascot. It was Thunder, but we had to get rid of him when the Sonics moved to OKC. I have no clue who it is now..

  3. HEY HEY HEY! If we’re going to pick on mascots, let’s leave Crunch and Rufus Lynx and Slamson out of this. If any mascots deserve our umbrage, it’s mascots like Burnie (Miami Heat), G-Wiz (Wizards) and Mavs Man.

    TBJ needs to hold some mascot power rankings so we can solve this once and for all. My top five? I’m glad you asked.

    5. TIE: Bango the Buck & San Antonio’s Coyote
    4. Gorilla the Suns mascot
    3. Benny the Bull
    2. Rumble the Bison
    1. Clutch the Houston Rockets Teddy Bear

  4. Why not Pidgy The Pigeon ? you got the black and white, just put on some pink tights. if you want it butchier make it Rocky the Rock Dove.Thats’ the scietific name for a pigeon.

  5. Prok should buy Jeremy Lin (this is possible) and create a human centipede of Brook Lopez and Lin – name it BrookLin and have it come out if they score 100 at home (2 games MAX per season).

  6. So Jay-Z is working to rename the Nets to the Knights. They are going to be named after a shoe. BK’s.

    • “BK” is slang for Brooklyn, as in:

      “Bitch behave
      Just might let you meet ‘Ye
      Chi-town’s D. Rose,
      I’m movin’ the Nets to BK.”

  7. So we’re not making fun of Lucky (the Celtics’ mascot)? Whew… He’s usually the first one mentioned in the crappy mascot discussion..

  8. Let’s hope this turns out better than the NHL shit marvel did. (see Remember for every Hulk or Wolverine there’s a dozen Ant-Mans, Spider Women and Namor(s). Marvel has more misses than hits.

  9. Mad avocados??

    Is that a real saying?

  10. Power Ranking

    5. Jazz Bear
    4. Bill “the Beerman” Scott – Portland Blazers
    3. the Wheedle
    2. Browny The Corn-eye Brown Trout – Denver Butt Nuggets
    1. Squatch

  11. Brooklyn Knight sounds good. Because a night in brooklyn is always dangerous.

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