Brooklyn Nets' first playoff game at Barclays Center (slide show)

For the first major-league playoff game in Brooklyn since the 1950s, we spoke with fans and caught all the action on and off the court.

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  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Brooklyn Nets first playoff game at Barclays Center

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Brooklyn Nets first playoff game at Barclays Center

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Brooklyn Nets first playoff game at Barclays Center

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Brooklyn Nets first playoff game at Barclays Center

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Brooklyn Nets first playoff game at Barclays Center

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Brooklyn Nets first playoff game at Barclays Center

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Brooklyn Nets first playoff game at Barclays Center

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Brooklyn Nets first playoff game at Barclays Center

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Brooklyn Nets first playoff game at Barclays Center

Photograph: Grace Chu

Brooklyn Nets first playoff game at Barclays Center


It's been an auspicious inaugural year for the Barclays Center. They've drawn huge bands to play their stadium, and their major sports franchise doesn't suck. To mark the first major-league playoff game held in Brooklyn since the late '50s, the Nets called for a blackout, asking fans to wear only that color (a tactic that, as Sports Illustrated pointed out, was quite the trend last weekend).

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Before the game, we spoke to fans on the plaza, in the 40/40 Club and on the concourse to berate those who eschewed black and to find out if anyone was willing to say they weren't still supporting the Knicks. Plus, keep going for a video of halftime entertainers the Cold Steel Drummers welcoming fans into the stadium.

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Keith Howell, 58; Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; retired NYPD

    It's nice to be retired. It is. I get to go to all the games I want whenever I want.

    Have you been to many games this year? Yeah, every home game, just about.

    Are you a Knicks fan? Both. Any New York team. Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Mets, Yankees. If it says New York, I'm with it.

    Did you wear black today because of the blackout in Brooklyn? Not particularly. I usually wear this every home game anyway.

    I like the hat. Is it lucky? No, it's just part of the collection. I have maybe two dozen. They're not all black though.

    Who's your favorite player? I say Crash [Gerald] Wallace and I like Reggie Evans. I like the underdogs. The guys that quietly do what they're supposed to do. No fanfare. They just come in and hustle.

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    From left: Darby Benedict, 26, Bronx, law student; Jason Brown, 30, Bronx, teacher

    Did you hear about the blackout in Brooklyn? Benedict: I did, but I have my black underneath. I got cold.

    Are you Knicks fans as well? Brown: Er, yeah. I'm actually still straddling the fence on that one.

    So you don't feel like you have to root for one or the other? Brown: No, no.

    Unless they play each other, what do you do then? Benedict: I'll have to go with Brooklyn. Brown: Yeah.

    Is that only because you're here and wearing Brooklyn stuff? Brown: Right. [Laughs]

    Anything else you want to say? Benedict: I'm in it mostly for the cheesecake from Juniors. Not gonna lie.

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    From left: Quincey Leander, 29, East New York, Brooklyn, sales specialist; Wayne Tang, 30, Flatbush, Brooklyn, works for UPS

    What's your prediction for tonight? Tang: They're going to smash Brooklyn. [Leander laughs.] I mean Bulls. No D. Rose, we got this.

    Did you know about the blackout in Brooklyn? Tang: Of course! That's why I'm wearing all black.

    What happened to you? Leander: I don't know, I'm just going like this.

    How many games have you come to this year? Tang: This is my first. It's the playoffs, so I had to.

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    Bruce Reznick, "Mr. Whammy," 77; Canarsie, Brooklyn; lawyer

    How did you get the nickname Mr. Whammy? [TV announcer] Ian Eagle gave it to me on national TV. Originally I was know as Redshirt, that name was given to me by Mark Jackson, one of the coaches in the NBA.

    What's the sign about? It's the formula to get to the NBA finals. I've been to the finals twice in the Jason Kidd days. I know the formula to win. The formula is, you don't need prior experience, you gotta score more points, make more blocks, steal more balls, get more rebounds, make more assists, minus turnovers, equals a championship.

    Couldn't you just do, Score more points equals a championship? You have to score more points. Let me tell you about Mr. Whammy. When the other team goes to the line to shoot foul shots. I have permission to go to the basket and when they're about to shoot, I give them the whammy [devils horns], and I shout, "You're going to miss," and I'm very successful. I run an average of five to seven points every game.

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    Tanya Williams, "40s–ish," Upper East Side, physician

    How many games have you been to this year? One. This one. I watch most of the games though.

    Did you wear all-black due to the blackout? Yes, I was told I have to wear all black or I cannot come. That's true.

    Do you have a lot of black in your wardrobe? I only wear black.

    Spoken like a true Manhattanite.

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    Brent Lucas, 30, and Natasha Bellamy, 28; Staten Island, day-care center owners

    Nets fans? Bellamy: Yes. Lucas: Actually no, I'm a Miami Heat fan, but I root for Brooklyn because I started coming to games this year and have grown to like the team. I like Deron Williams, I like Joe Johnson. They have a very good team and I think they're going to make noise in the playoffs.

    I went to the Knicks vs. Nets game here and I rooted for Brooklyn. Then I went to the game in the Garden and I rooted for Brooklyn, and people in my section hated me.

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    Kathleen Roman, 20; Hackensack, NJ; student

    Where'd you get the santa hat? I got it at Modell's before Christmas.

    Who's your favorite player? Kris Humphries, sort of.

    Oh, is that the Kim Kardashian guy? Is that why you like him? Yeah, I always watch [Keeping Up with the Kardashians].

Photograph: Grace Chu

Keith Howell, 58; Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; retired NYPD

It's nice to be retired. It is. I get to go to all the games I want whenever I want.

Have you been to many games this year? Yeah, every home game, just about.

Are you a Knicks fan? Both. Any New York team. Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Mets, Yankees. If it says New York, I'm with it.

Did you wear black today because of the blackout in Brooklyn? Not particularly. I usually wear this every home game anyway.

I like the hat. Is it lucky? No, it's just part of the collection. I have maybe two dozen. They're not all black though.

Who's your favorite player? I say Crash [Gerald] Wallace and I like Reggie Evans. I like the underdogs. The guys that quietly do what they're supposed to do. No fanfare. They just come in and hustle.


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