After a season that was almost cancelled due to a prolonged lockout, NBA teams opened up for training camp this week to relative harmony. While most players and coaches were chatting with the media, taking team photos and talking up their team’s prospects for the upcoming season, a looming battle between two of the league’s headstrong owners may have flown under the radar.
Lost in the hubbub surrounding their big move across the Hudson River to Brooklyn, somehow someway, someone with the Nets forgot the domain Nets.com was available for purchase. Never one to let an opportunity to needle another team, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, whose team competed with Brooklyn for the services of All-Star guard Deron Williams, bought the site to chagrin of the Nets.
On the middle of the site’s homepage, it says:
“Looking for the New Jersey Nets? Looking for the Brooklyn Nets? They’re not here…but they SHOULD be!
“After all, there’s just one team: The Nets!”
If that’s not enough, Cuban mocks Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov in his native Russian at the bottom of the page by referencing his 2007 arrest on suspicion of arranging prostitutes for his guests at one of his trademark parties.
The first shot has been fired in what should be a fun new feud for NBA fans. [Complex]