During an early season West Coast road trip, the new and improved Brooklyn Nets made their way through Los Angeles, in conjunction with a showdown versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Amid their usual stay in Beverly Hills, many of the team’s top players displayed an outstanding amount of class (videos of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson), when interacting with the basketball crazed fans of LA.
Fast-forward to Brooklyn’s current Western swing, and yet again, the Nets two best ballers were exceedingly amicable, this time mixing it up with iFolloSports.com contributor Reuben Benhaghnazar.
Above are original photos of Reuben’s dueling encounters, taken during last Friday, as Brooklyn boarded their charter bus for a scheduled off day practice at UCLA. The Westwood campus is located four miles west of the Montage Beverly Hills hotel, the franchise’s LA lodging destination of choice.
The marquee photo features Williams, with the secondary shot showcasing the clutch and unbelievably well compensated Johnson.
Not that Mr. Williams isn’t obscenely wealthy. Check out this detailed profile of the Illinois alum’s spectacular, recently acquired Tribeca penthouse. Talk about living large!
In addition to mixing it up with Williams and Johnson, Reuben also observed that the Nets player who happened to receive the highest level of security detail was none other than Kris Humphries. Of course, a Humphries visit to Hollywood involves a whole lot more than just a basketball game. Does a made for TV wedding and a 72-day marriage ring a bell for anyone?
One day after these sighting, the Nets went down to the Los Angeles Clippers, 101-95.
It is absolutely remarkable to consider that one year ago, the then New Jersey Nets were a fairly anonymous team, toiling away amid the massive shadow of the Manhattan based New York Knicks. While the Knicks still reign supreme in the Big Apple, a shiny new arena (in the heart of NYC’s largest borough) has changed everything for the now fashionable Brooklyn Nets organization.
It used to be that a Nets visit to a visiting city came and went without much of any fanfare. Suffice to say, those days are way over.