The borough of Brooklyn was built on trial, tribulation and triumph. Today, those memories are honored and the glory is upheld with one simple word: pride.
With this pride comes recognition of the great men and women who truly represent what Brooklyn is all about. From Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, from Spike Lee to Woody Allen and from Red Auerbach to Larry Brown, each of those legends has paved their way in a respective craft.
They've also come from what Brooklynites would consider to be the greatest borough in New York City.
What we seem to forget, however, is that a local legend doesn't need to make it anywhere but at home. As is the case of one of the greatest names that Brooklyn has ever come to know, respect, love and treat as their own.
Although paling in comparison to the international fame of the aforementioned Brooklyn natives, there are few who can match the local stardom of Sebastian Telfair.
To the average NBA fan, Telfair is nothing but an over-hyped phenomenon. His production has been on par with a player who is average at best, while his decision to forgo college has left him unprepared for the NBA game. What those fans cannot overlook, however, is that Sebastian Telfair was once a bigger star in New York City than any player on the New York Knicks.
Sebastian Telfair was the pride of Brooklyn, which is exactly why the Brooklyn Nets must bring him home.
Should you evaluate the roster, this move may not make much sense. Tyshawn Taylor has great upside and has already built a solid fanbase in Brooklyn through his local appearances. C.J. Watson, meanwhile, has postseason experience and a history of winning.
From a marketability standpoint, though, neither can match Telfair. The same can be said about what they bring to the team.
Tyshawn Taylor is the type of player who goes full throttle on every possession. While that can lead to reckless play, it also generates a positive influence on the players around him. The fact that he can lock down a stellar ball-handler is an additional benefit to an already promising prospect.
C.J. Watson, meanwhile, was the lead guard for the Chicago Bulls' second unit in 2012. He also saw 25 games as the starter this past season, replacing the injured Derrick Rose and helping pace the Bulls to the Eastern Conference's best record.
Should one expect either of those players to bring the Barclays Center to life like Sebastian Telfair would, however, they should go back and re-do their homework.
Even as a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School on Coney Island, Telfair's buzz was unmatched. He became more popular in New York than his cousin, Stephon Marbury, who was the starting point guard for the Knicks. Unlike Marbury, he also packed Madison Square Garden.
For a high school basketball game.
The point is not to reflect, however, but instead to look forward. As we anxiously await the beginning to the 2012-13 NBA season, it's hard to call the Brooklyn Nets anything but a product of possibly fitting hype. With that being said, to say that the hype can't grow just isn't accurate.
Much like Derek Jeter represents the New York Yankees and the Bronx, Sebastian Telfair could represent Brooklyn.
Hitting the floor, Telfair would draw the type of crowd reaction that players can only dream of. He remains a popular face in the community and any local would love to tell you their story about his upbringing and early basketball days. It's time to reward those very people who kept their patience.
Through all of the trials and tribulations, Sebastian Telfair deserves to come home. Come the 2013 NBA trade deadline, the Brooklyn Nets should grant him the opportunity.