Hello, Brooklyn! How you doin'? Where you goin'? Can the Nets come too?
To be sure, the Nets don't really have to ask anymore now that they'll be moving into the shiny new Barclays Center in the hipster capital of New York.
Nor will they need to recite lyrics from hip-hop mogul and minority team owner Jay-Z's extensive catalogue to draw attention. The eyes of the basketball world will be watching as the Nets make their triumphant return to the Empire State on November 1 for their first regular season game as New York residents since 1977.
That was also the Nets' inaugural season in the NBA, immediately following the merger with the ABA, and, coincidentally (or not), marked the beginning of the franchise's long-standing futility. The Nets sold Julius Erving (a.k.a. Doctor J) to the Philadelphia 76ers just prior to the 1976-77 campaign as a means of covering the cost of entering The Association and have hardly been heard from since.
Until this year, anyway. The Nets' arrival in Brooklyn brings with it a revamped roster and new hope for success, perhaps even more so than the halcyon days of the Jason Kidd era.
The comparison isn't exactly fair just yet considering how long that regime had to stack its resume. For now, these eight predictions for the new-look Nets should suffice.