The Nets are the NBA’s real globetrotters. After recent treks to Asia and Europe, the Nets host the Thunder and Heat this week in Mexico City. Whenever the NBA looks for teams to travel and help it go global, commissioner Adam Silver told The Post the Nets are always front and center. And with Silver confirming that China-based Joe Tsai is joining Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov as a co-owner, the Nets’ international ways aren’t going to change anytime soon. “The process is the teams rotate traveling internationally. But in the first instance we look for teams interested in making the trip, and all three wanted to play in Mexico City, the Nets in particular,” Silver said. “The Nets are usually the first to raise their hands to go internationally. They’re usually very eager. “They’ve been to China with us, they’ve been to London and now Mexico City. I credit team president Brett Yormark, who seems particularly interested extending the Brooklyn Nets brand globally.” Yormark has always been very aggressive in pushing the Nets’ brand internationally, but the last few years have taken that to the next level. The Nets played the NBA’s first regular-season game in Europe when they faced the Raptors at London’s O2 Arena in 2011. And their already-strong presence in Asia — which largely began with Yi Jianlian and playing 2014 preseason games in Shanghai and Beijing — got exponentially stronger when they signed Jeremy Lin in 2016, whose following is as fervent as it is vast. And of course both Prokhorov and Onexim CEO Dmitry Razumov — the chairman of the Nets board of advisory directors — are Russian. Now comes Mexico City, “hosting” Oklahoma City on Thursday and Miami two days later.
Nets work hard to leave their mark all around the globe
New York Post | Dec 6