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Nets welcomed at the Rock

Friday, 03.5.2010 / 4:29 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Nets welcomed at the Rock
Newark Mayor Cory Booker at Friday's Prudential Center press conference.
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Devils Chairman and Managing Partner Jeff Vanderbeek and Co-Owner Mike Gilfillan were among those on hand at a Friday press conference welcoming the New Jersey Nets to Prudential Center.

Joining them were Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Newark Regional Business Partnership President and CEO Chip Hallock, NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Adam Silver, and Nets President and CEO Brett Yormark. The event was held inside the arena’s Verizon Tower and hosted by Nets television announcer Ian Eagle.

The Nets are set to relocate to Prudential Center for the next two seasons before completing construction on a new arena in downtown Brooklyn by 2012. Newark's Prudential Center, which opened in October of 2007, will host regular season NBA basketball for the first time, bolstering an impressive sports and entertainment roster that already features New Jersey Devils hockey and Seton Hall Pirates men's college basketball.

The Nets drew strong crowds for two preseason games at Prudential Center last October.

"We look forward to providing a gameday experience second to none at this building called 'The Rock,' " Vanderbeek said. "We look forward to showing off our state-of-the-art building in all of the Nets games next year, for well over 50 games."

Said Mayor Booker: "Newark, New Jersey, is America’s number one comeback city. We are a city that many people doubted and many people underestimated. We’re starting to show this nation what’s possible when good people never stop believing in themselves, and never stop believing in the magic of their being."

Yormark announced a new ticket deal to mark the team’s arrival. Beginning Friday, 500 season tickets priced at $299 each were made available to Newark residents.

NJ Nets announce move to Newark's Prudential Center

"We look forward to our two years here at the Prudential Center in Newark," Yormark said. "For us, the time was right for a change before we make our final relocation to Brooklyn in 2012. At the Prudential Center, we will provide our fans with the great “more than a game” experience that they’ve become accustomed to expect from us. They will see a best-in-class approach to both entertainment and basketball."

Mayor Booker added his own twist on pro basketball coming to the Brick City.

"I'm rebranding 'NBA,' " the mayor said. "It's now going to stand for 'Newark Basketball is Awesome.' "

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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