Notorious B.I.G. Honored With Banner At Nets Game 

The Brooklyn Nets wont be hanging any championship banners in the near future for NBA excellence, but the borough has a long line of musical artists who have world championship billing.

On Sunday afternoon, a new banner hung from the rafters of Brooklyns Barclays center in honor of the late Notorious B.I.G., the iconic Brooklyn rapper who was murdered in Los Angeles 20 years ago on March 9th.

The banner was laced with a big 72, in honor of the year the rap phenomenon was born, and featured one of his most memorable hip-hop quotables on the bottom: Spread love its the Brooklyn way.

The moment  was another example of the one thing the Nets franchise has grasped since coming to Brooklyn and promising success, yet finding a world of losing;  the deep connection between, Brooklyn, Hip-Hop and basketball. From their early association with Jay-Z as a minority owner to this latest tribute to a ’90s rap god, the Nets stay true to their fan base and have always respected Hip-Hop culture and its intricacies concerning subject matter and language.  

On Sunday, the Nets celebrated B.I.Gs banner by stopping a 16-game home losing streak with the best slump-buster ever — a game against the New York Knicks, a team that has 10 wins and 31 losses since December 11th. With New York totally in the house, the Nets 120-112 win over Phil Jacksons band of broken ballers was branded as Biggie Night.

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The team honored his family and played his classic joints throughout the game. At halftime, with Biggies mom, P. Diddy and Lil’ Kim looking on, the Nets raised his banner to the sky. The franchise is also planning to renovate the gym at the Brooklyn middle school that Biggie attended.

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This move by the Nets totally connects them to the legacy of Brooklyns Frank White and immortalizes Biggie in NYs historically intertwining world of sports, Hip-Hop and entertainment. His legend is sure to grow behind this, and is rightfully preserved regally in the town in which he made his mark.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.