Who remembers the New York Americans?
I doubt anyone does. I doubt anyone knows that the New York Americans is a basketball franchise that eventually became the New Jersey Nets.
(According to Wikipedia), the franchise was established in 1967, from the teams inception and until 1976 the team moved back and forth between New York and New Jersey. Accordingly, the team went through a few name changes. From New York Americans, to New Jersey Americans, the New York Nets and then, finally, the New Jersey Nets.
During the team's stay in New York, the Nets was chosen in order to rhyme with two other New York Metropolitan teams: Jets and Mets. And it remained unchanged when the franchise moved to New Jersey.
I don’t mean to sound unpatriotic, but the Americans wasn't a great name for a team. It's like a team from Montreal calling themselves Canadians. Wait, there is a team from Montreal that call themselves Canadiens. How representative is that of your team when everyone in the country is Canadian? Along the same lines, I don’t like the Washington Nationals, either.
Now that the franchise has been bought by the Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who intends to move the team to Brooklyn in 2012, will the Nets stay the Nets once they cross Verrazano Bridge?