The Brooklyn Nets have arrived to give the people of the borough their first sports franchise since the Dodgers came to L.A. more than half a century ago.
So when the Nets unveiled their new colors and logo Monday, it was a joyous occasion. But that didn't stop Bruce Ratner, the real estate developer and minority owner who was the catalyst behind the team's relocation, from getting one last dig in at the family that moved the Dodgers out of Brooklyn in 1957.
"Ladies and gentleman, the curse of O'Malley is officially over today," Ratner proclaimed during a ceremony at a sporting goods store across the street from the soon-to-be-finished Barclays Center, where the Nets will play their home games starting next season, after 35 years in New Jersey.
It's a new beginning for the sports-deprived fans of Brooklyn. Hopefully, it also will be a fresh start for a franchise that has suffered a dramatic fall in recent years. It's hard to believe that it has only been a decade since the first of back-to-back NBA Finals appearances by the Nets, and that they made the last of their six straight trips to the playoffs just five years ago.