By Donna Vaughan
Uniondale (LINews) – Four decades after leaving Long Island for New Jersey, the Nets are coming back with their new D-League team.
The NBA franchise, which now plays in Brooklyn, announced Thursday that their new Developmental League team, the Long Island Nets, will play at the newly-renovated Nassau Coliseum starting with the 2017-18 season. The team will play its first season in 2016-17 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the home of its parent club.
The new logo and uniforms for the Long Island Nets, which were revealed yesterday, pay homage to the team’s history on the Island. The logo is red, white and blue, the colors of the American Basketball Association’s New York Nets, who played at the Nassau Coliseum from 1972-76, winning two championships in 1974 and 1976.
“We are proud to bring the Nets brand back to Long Island, and to establish synergy between the team’s storied roots at Nassau Coliseum and its contemporary history in Brooklyn,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, which runs both the Nets and Barclays Center.
The new logo has “Nets” in red script, reminiscent of the Nets’ logo used from 1968-78. There are six stars to represent the Long Island Nets’ status as the sixth man of the Brooklyn Nets organization. On the road, the Nets will wear blue uniforms with "LONG ISLAND" in red across the chest. Tee shirts with the new team logo are already available in the Nets Team Store.
Yormark said he would lead a press tour of the Coliseum next Wednesday, to show off the progress of work inside the building. The Nassau Coliseum is undergoing extensive renovations and is scheduled to re-open in early 2017.
Earlier this week, the Association for a Better Long Island called on Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to re-bid the lease for the arena, contending progress on the renovation has already been stalled too long by contracting and labor disputes.