New Jersey Nets in History

Events in Sport

  • 1967-10-23 NJ Americans (later NY/NJ Nets) play 1st ABA game
  • 1981-10-20 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • 1984-11-17 Golden State Warrior Purvis Short scores career high 59 points though team loses to NJ Nets 124-110
  • 1984-12-25 Knicks basketball forward Bernard King scores 60 points, but New York loses, 120-114 to the New Jersey Nets on Xmas Day at Madison Square Garden
  • 1985-01-28 Houston's Bill Fitch becomes the 6th coach in NBA history to post 600 wins as the Rockets beat the New Jersey Nets, 97-93
  • 1989-01-23 NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak
  • 1989-11-04 First NBA game at Orlando Arena, Orlando Magic loses to NJ Nets, 111-106
  • 1990-01-09 Boston Celtics worst ever (6 pts in 2nd vs NJ Nets) & lose 87-78
  • 1990-06-27 NBA Draft: Syracuse power forward Derrick Coleman first pick by New Jersey Nets
  • 1991-03-16 NJ Net coach Bill Fitch is 4th coach to win 800 NBA games
  • 1991-12-12 NJ Nets set NBA record of 22 blocks beating Nuggets 121-81
  • 1994-07-15 NJ Nets Derrek Coleman accused of rape in Detroit
  • 1995-11-03 First NBA game at SkyDome in Toronto; Raptors beat New Jersey Nets, 94-79
  • 1998-03-01 Miami's Pat Riley becomes the 5th head coach to record 900 NBA career wins with Heat's 85-84 win over the New Jersey Nets
  • 2000-06-28 NBA Draft: Cincinnati power forward Kenyon Martin first pick by New Jersey Nets
  • 2002-05-31 The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance.

NBA Finals

2002-06-12 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets, 113-107 for a 4-0 sweep and 3rd straight title; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal for 3rd consecutive Finals series

NBA Finals

2003-06-15 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 88-77 in Game 6 for franchise's second title; MVP: Tim Duncan

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1931-05-17 Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), born in Chenoa, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1956-12-04 Bernard King, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (NBA All-Star 1982, 84-85, 91; NY Knicks, Washington Bullets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1957-01-11 Darryl Dawkins, American basketball center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets; NBA breaking a backboard rule), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1962-01-28 Michael Cage, NBA forward/center (Cleveland Cavaliers, NJ Nets)
  • 1964-05-28 Armon Gilliam, American NBA forward, 1987-2000 (Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, NJ Nets, and 3 other teams), and college coach, 2001-05 (Penn State), born in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1965-06-04 Tim Perry, NBA forward (NJ Nets)
  • 1966-09-15 Sherman Douglas 'the General', American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1967-09-03 Chris Gatling, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1997; Golden State Warriors, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1967-11-20 Chris Childs, NBA guard (NJ Nets, NY Knicks), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1968-05-09 David Benoit, NBA forward (Utah Jazz, NJ Nets)
  • 1968-05-25 Kendall Gill, American NBA guard & forward (NJ Nets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969-10-14 P J Brown, NBA center/forward (NJ Nets, Miami Heat)
  • 1969-11-18 Sam Cassell, American NBA guard (NJ Nets, Houston Rockets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1970-01-16 Don MacLean, American NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1970-11-26 Greg Graham, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1972-03-22 Shawn Bradley, German American NBA center 7ft 6 in tall (Dallas Mavericks, NJ Nets, Space Jams), born in Landstuhl, West Germany
  • 1972-08-14 Ed O'Bannon, American NBA forward (NJ Nets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972-10-10 Yinka Dare, Nigerian NBA center (NJ Nets), born in Kano, Nigeria (d. 2004)
  • 1974-06-12 Kerry Kittles, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1975-10-23 Keith Van Horn, American NBA forward, 1997-2006 (New Jersey Nets, and 4 other teams), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1978-12-02 Jason Collins, American NBA basketball center, 2001-14 (first openly gay athlete to play in any major North American pro sports league; New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and 5 other teams), born in Northridge, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1993-06-07 Dražen Petrović, Yugoslav-Croatian NBA player (NJ Nets), dies in auto-accident in Denkendorf, Bavaria, Germany at 28
  • 2004-01-09 Yinka Dare, Nigerian NBA center (NJ Nets), dies at 31
  • 2015-08-27 Darryl Dawkins, American basketball center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets; NBA breaking a backboard rule), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2021-03-25 Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), dies from a stroke at 89