The Nets' tenure in New Jersey is officially over. The team capped off its 2012 home schedule on Monday night in fitting fashion — with a 105-87 loss to the 76ers — and now heads for Brooklyn as part of its relocation.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie didn't pull any punches when sending the Nets out the door, though. Rather than show up to the team's final home game in New Jersey to participate in some sort of parting love fest, Christie delivered his message to the Nets during a news conference. And it was awesome.
"I'm not going to the Nets game tonight, and my message to the Nets is goodbye," Christie said, drawing an ovation from those in attendance. "If you don't want to stay, we don't want you."
Christie said that he's sure another NBA franchise will at some point look to relocate, stressing that if the Nets want to move to Brooklyn, then "good riddance."
The Nets, of course, have become somewhat of a laughingstock in recent years, missing out on the playoffs every year since the 2006-07 season. This season, the Nets sit at 22-43, so it hasn't exactly been a warm sendoff by the players, either.
Have fun, Brooklyn.
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