Found May 27, 2013 on Beyond The Buzzer:
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Nets executive vice-president Fred Mangione revealed the unexpected role Bulls’ Derrick Rose played in the final decision on a color scheme for the Brooklyn Nets jersey. According to Sports Business Journal via NetsDaily.com The Nets considered a red-white-and-blue mark tied to their old ABA days with Julius Erving. They also looked at black and gold, colors symbolizing the borough of Brooklyn, but the scheme looked too much like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mangione said. They settled on black as a primary color after finding out a nontraditional black jersey for Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose outsold a regular home jersey for Miami Heat star LeBron James, he said.
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