Long Island Nets to play inaugural 2016-17 season at Barclays Center

Who’s actually going to be playing for the Long Island Nets when they debut in the Barclays Center for the 2016-17 season?

In order to complete the wonderfully aggressive, out-of-their minds, no-holds barred, flashy trade for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry back in July 2013, the Brooklyn Nets gave their first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and a potential swap in 2017 to the Boston Celtics and now face the task of putting an NBA Developmental team on the court with very little chance of securing players who may make the eventual leap to the NBA.

One thing they did get form the Celtics though, was new Long Island head coach Ronald Nored, the former Butler athlete and recent Celtics’ player development assistant.

Developing whatever young talent that finds its’ way into the coffers of the Nets’ roster next season, current Brooklyn GM Sean Marks, a former NBA role player with the San Antonio Spurs, is looking to instill a more positive attitude to the culture of the franchise somewhat similar to the Spurs organization. Finding the talent to fill the pipeline without the ability to miss on a draft pick, though, is akin to trying to find the Aladdin in the desert, the diamond in the rough. A needle in a haystack may it be.

Marks has his hands full. That’s why the hiring of Nored makes so much sense. Nored’s previous playing career and experience working one on one with players, as well as having served as a Maine Red Claws‘ assistant, make him the ideal candidate to build up the confidence in those late draft picks and undrafted rookies alike. He played for current Celtics’ coach Brad Stevens at Butler University, who praised him for his energy and motivation.

Back in November, the NBA Development League and the Brooklyn Nets announced that the club acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team, the Long Island Nets, who will begin play in the 2016-17 season. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host the inaugural season before the team relocates to its’ permanent home at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in 2017. The Nets become the 12th NBA team to fully own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate, with the league expanding to 21 teams next season.

Malcolm Turner, NBA D-League President,

“Today’s announcement is an exciting one – not only for the NBA D-League, which welcomes the league’s record 21st team; or the Nets, who will have a place for young talent to develop; but for Nets fans. The NBA D-League is a place where talented young athletes refine their skills and develop into NBA contributors, and fans in Brooklyn, and later on Long Island, are sure to enjoy watching current and future NBA talent in an affordable, family-friendly atmosphere.  I’m excited to work with the Nets’ executive staff as we ramp up to the start of the 2016-17 season together.”

The new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, to open in the winter of 2016, will be developed and operated by Nassau Events Center, led by Onexim Sports and Entertainment, Bruce Ratner and Yormark, the same team that brought Barclays Center to Brooklyn. The arena may or may not be done on time, according to reports.


The logo is red, white and blue, the colors of the American Basketball Association’s New York Nets, who played at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island from 1972-76, winning two championships in 1974 and 1976. The stars within the circular logo pay tribute to the ABA Nets’ uniforms, which the team began wearing in February 1972. There are six stars to represent the Long Island Nets’ status as the sixth man of the Brooklyn Nets organization.

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