Lesson: Find a New Mascot
Obviously this lesson has nothing to do with the Brooklyn Nets' on-court production, but man, how silly does their new mascot look? Someone actually thought it would be cool to make a comic book themed mascot for the Nets?
The great folks over at Marvel Comics helped out with the Mascot. On the mascots origin:
According to the team, "He is equipped to handle almost any threat with a protective metal B on his chest, metal knee, elbow, and face coverings, defined muscles, including a six-pack, and a multi-functional cape." [...]
"As a Brooklynite and a hardcore hoops fan, for me to get the opportunity to help create a Super Hero for my home borough's new team was a dream come true," said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. "Working with the Nets staff, we have created a team Super Hero that is unlike anything the NBA has ever seen; a timeless character who can stand shoulder to shoulder with icons like Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, and Thor. Let's go, Nets!" [...]
"Forged from the blood, sweat and tears of Brooklyn itself — always ready to defend his home and defeat any challenger — all hail the BrooklyKnight!" exclaimed Bill Rosemann, Editor, Marvel Custom Solutions. "When Nets fans meet their guardian, they will immediately know that the House of Ideas has once again unleashed a hero who will soon be known all over the world for his nobility, grit, and strength. Brooklyn, your champion is here!"
What the Nets did with BrooklyKnight is reminiscent of the time the Oregon Ducks tried to change their mascot into an "intimidating" Duck. Instead they ended up looking stupid and trying too hard.
The Nets are going to be an above-average Eastern Conference team, but if they want anyone to take them seriously they need to get a new mascot. Maybe even drop the mascot all together.