New Jersey Americans

New Jersey Americans


New Jersey Americans Team Formation

The franchise was established in 1966 as a founding member of the American Basketball Association (ABA), with trucking magnate Arthur J. Brown as the owner. Brown had operated several AAU teams in and around New York City, and was viewed as an ideal pick to run the nascent league's New York franchise. The Americans played fairly well in their first season, tying the Kentucky Colonels for the fourth (and final) playoff spot in the Eastern Division. However, the Teaneck Armory was booked, forcing the Americans to scramble for a last-minute replacement. They found one in the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York.

Name Changed to the Nets

After a planned move to Newark, New Jersey fell through the team opted to stay at the Long Island Arena for the second year, and changed its name to the New York Nets. The name "Nets" was used because it rhymes with the names of two other professional sports teams that played in the New York metropolitan area at the time: Major League Baseball's New York Mets and the American Football League's New York Jets, and because it relates to basketball in general, as it is part of the basket.


The summer of 1976 saw the ABA-NBA merger finally take place. As part of the merger agreement, four teams from the ABA—the Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs joined the NBA. The Nets and Nuggets had actually applied to join the NBA in 1975, but were forced to play a lame duck season in the ABA by court order. Prior to their first NBA season, the Nets traded two draft picks to the Kansas City Kings for guard Nate Archibald. The Nets appeared to be poised to pick up where they left off in the ABA.

Move Back to New Jersey

Due to the team's low attendance and poor financial picture in Long Island, Boe decided to move the franchise back to New Jersey prior to the 1977 - 1978 season. The Knicks once again became an obstacle and threatened to block the move because it would infringe on their exclusive territorial rights to New Jersey. The Nets responded by suing the Knicks on the basis that their actions violated anti-trust laws. The lawsuit was settled between the teams after the league and the state of New Jersey intervened, and the Nets agreed to pay another $4 million to the Knicks for the rights to move.

Moving to Brooklyn

After numerous delays to the project, Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov agreed to a $200 million deal on September 23, 2009 to become a principal owner of the Nets and a key investor in the team's proposed home in Brooklyn, bringing in much needed funding and finally allowing for the new arena to be built. After the dismissal of major pending lawsuits, groundbreaking for Barclays Center occurred on March 11, 2010.

Americans Primary Logo History No Alternate Logo History No Wordmark Logo History


Team Information Team History

New Jersey - New York - New Jersey - Brooklyn

Americans - Named as the All-American team. The Americans could of been known as the "American Team," but changed their name to the "Nets" within a years time.

Barclays Center
2012 - present

*New Jersey*
Prudential Center
2010 - 2012
Izod Center
1981 - 2010
Rutgers Athletic Center
1977 - 1981

*New York*
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1972 - 1977
Island Garden
1969 - 1972
Long Island Arena
1968 - 1969

*New Jersey*
Teaneck Armory 
1967 - 1968

Mikhail Prokhorov
2010 - present
Bruce Ratner
2003 - 2010
1999 - 2003
Raymond Chambers and Lewis Katz
1998 - 1999
Secaucus Seven
1978 - 1998
Roy Boe
1969 - 1978
Arthur Brown
1967 - 1969

Established: 1967

League History:
National Basketball Association 
1976 - present
American Basketball Association
1967 - 1976

Team History:
Brooklyn Nets
2012 - present
New Jersey Nets
1977 - 2012
New York Nets
1968 - 1977
New Jersey Americans
1967 - 1968

NBA Championships: 0
ABA Championships: 2
1976, 1974

Retired Numbers:
3 Dražen Petrović
5 Jason Kidd
23 John Williamson
25 Bill Melchionni
32 Julius Erving
52 Buck Williams

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