50 years on, Nets celebrate their birth

On October 23, your Brooklyn/New Jersey/New York Nets/Americans will celebrate 50 years of professional basketball. On October 23, 1967, the New Jersey Americans took the court for the first time against the Pittsburgh Pipers, opening night of the inaugural season of the American Basketball Association.

And the anniversary celebrations have begun. On a recent afternoon, six of the 17 players who took to the court that night were re-united, along with their official scorer, Herb Turetzky, and announcer, Spencer Ross. Appropriately, the lunch took place at Michael Jordan’…