Since Jay-Z is selling his Nets shares, I’m not sure if I’m legally still allowed to use his lyrics when describing things that are happening with his soon-to-be-former team. But even if I’m not, I have a feeling the Office of Blogging Rules and Regulations will give me special dispensation for this case, because calling the Nets’ playoff plan “all black everything” is just too perfect.
The Nets are doing all they can to build up the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2007 — and the first playoff appearance by a Brooklyn team since 1956 — as a must-see event. The playoff décor: black on black.
The blackout is the brainchild of the Nets’ chief executive officer, Brett Yormark. The hope is to create a unified (and intimidating) atmosphere: fans wearing black while sitting in black seats and watching the action on a court with black trim. And yes, even the players might be wearing black, even though the Nets traditionally wear white at home.
“The goal is to wear black at home,” said Fred Mangione, the team’s chief marketing officer.
The Nets would need permission from the Bulls to alter their designated uniforms, permission that is normally given without much issue. Mangione said black towels would be distributed to fans for Game 2.
Even if this would mean not seeing the Bullies in their fantastic red uniforms, I am fully on board with this blacked out mission. (And if it means red vs. black, even better.) The Nets’ black uniforms are way better than their white ones — the away blacks look tough and sleek, the home whites look like default create-a-team kits — and I’ve always wanted to see what they would look like in the Nets’ already-pretty-black arena, which is striking in its blackness. It’s the best of both worlds, shoutout to R. Kelly.
One concern I see with this, however, is the effect it could have on Deron Williams’ precious sightlines. If the players didn’t like shooting in the cavernous abyss that is the Prudential Center, imagine what they’re going to think looking out in to an audience that could be none more black. If they don’t like looking at a giant, empty stadium, imagine how disconcerting it’s going to be going to the line to shoot free throws and just seeing several thousand floating heads. Not only is it probably really trippy and sort of like a Blue Man Group performance, it probably makes it feel like you’re shooting a basketball in to a very creepy cave where instead of bats there are human heads. I’m just spitballing here, but for a team that spent the entire previous season complaining about their shooting backdrop, maybe making it nonexistent as they head in to the playoffs isn’t the best idea.
That being said, if it happens, it’s probably going to look awesome, which is really the most important thing. Well, that and performing well in their first playoff series since a Russian billionaire bought the team and guaranteed a title within five years, but same difference.