1967: The Nets are founded initially as the New Jersey Americans. They later became the New York Nets, before becoming the New Jersey Nets and later the Brooklyn Nets.
October 23, 1967: The New Jersey Americans (today the Brooklyn Nets), a new ABA franchise sold to Arthur Brown, played its first game.
February 1, 1967: The American Basketball Association was born. The league, which fielded 11 teams in its first season, lasted until the 1975-76 season, when it was forced to disband after facing financial difficulties. Four former ABA clubs joined the NBA in the summer of 1976--the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York (now Brooklyn) Nets and San Antonio Spurs.
August 1, 1973: Julius Erving was traded by the Virginia Squires with Willie Sojourner to the New York Nets for George Carter, draft rights to Kermit Washington and cash.
February 14, 1975: In one of the longest and highest-scoring games in ABA history, the San Diego Conquistadors defeated the New York Nets 176-166 in four overtimes. The game featured a career-high 63 points from the Nets' Julius Erving, who set an ABA record by shooting 25-for-46 from the field.
May 13, 1976: The New York Nets defeated the Denver Nuggets 112-106 to win what became the last ABA championship, four games to two. The next month, four former ABA teams--San Antonio, Denver, New York and Indiana were admitted into the NBA.
October 20, 1976: The Philadelphia 76ers acquired Julius Erving from the New York Nets in exchange for $3 million.
November 8, 1978: The Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets began a game where the final 17:50 of the contest was replayed on March 23, 1979, due to a protest being upheld. Harvey Catchings and Ralph Simpson played for the 76ers and Eric Money and Al Skinner played for the Nets when the game began, but were traded to the opposing teams by the time the game was resumed. It's the only time in the history of professional sports that any player played for both teams in the same game.
February 24, 1978: Kevin Porter of the New Jersey Nets handed out 29 assists in a 126-112 win over Houston, an NBA record that lasted more than a dozen years, until Orlando's Scott Skiles collected 30 assists against Denver on December 30, 1990.
April 26, 1984: The New Jersey Nets surprised the highly favored defending champion Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 1984 NBA Playoffs, winning the deciding Game 5 by a 101-98 score at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
April 3, 1987: The New Jersey Nets honored Julius Erving before his last game against his former club by retiring No. 32, which Erving wore during his ABA days with the Nets.
December 7, 1990: The New Jersey Nets retired jersey #23 in honor of "Super John" Williamson, who played three years in the ABA and four years in the NBA with the Nets. Williamson owned the second-highest NBA scoring average (22.5 ppg) in team history.
March 16, 1991: New Jersey coach Bill Fitch earned his 800th career victory, as the Nets beat Washington 110-86 at the Meadowlands. Fitch became only the fourth coach (along with Red Auerbach, Jack Ramsay and Dick Motta) in NBA history at the time to win that many games.
January 26, 199: New Jersey's Chuck Daly became the 15th coach in NBA history to register 500 career victories, after the Nets defeated the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 106-91.
April 3, 1999: Kendall Gill of the New Jersey Nets tied an NBA record which had stood for more than 22 years when he recorded 11 steals against the Miami Heat.
April 11, 1999: The New Jersey Nets retired the No. 52 jersey of Buck Williams in ceremonies at New Jersey's home game against New York. Williams accumulated 16,784 points and 13,017 rebounds during his standout 17-year NBA career with New Jersey, the Portland Trail Blazers and Knicks.
June 28, 2000: The New Jersey Nets selected Kenyon Martin of Cincinnati with the No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft 2000.
April 15, 2001: Eddie Gill of the New Jersey Nets scored the eight millionth point in NBA history when he converted a layup with 10:37 remaining in a 95-88 loss to Boston at the FleetCenter.
January 7, 2002: Anthony Johnson of the Mobile Revelers was signed to a 10-day contract by the New Jersey Nets, becoming the first NBDL player to sign a NBA 10-day contract.
April 9, 2002: The New Jersey Nets won their first division title since joining the NBA in 1976 and set an NBA franchise mark with their 50th victory.
April 13, 2012: The NBA's Board of Governors unanimously approve the New Jersey Nets name change to the Brooklyn Nets as well as the team's move to New York.
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