As the NBA free agency period kicks off this weekend, the Brooklyn Nets have everything a team could want.
They've finally escaped the swamps of Newark and are opening the pristine new Barclays Center in Boerum Hill. They have a stylish new logo and new jerseys and a new fan base that's distinctly New York without being patently Manhattan.
They have a flashy billionaire owner in Mikhail Prokhorov, a funny, charismatic figure who isn't afraid to spend and spend and spend some more when he's not busy running for Russian office.
They also have a popular minority owner you may have heard of. His name is Jay-Z. He could regularly be found sitting courtside at the Prudential Center, hobnobbing with players from both benches before games. He'll be around even more at their new digs.
The only thing they don't have is a star player -- or any players, for that matter -- and if that issue isn't resolved soon and the Nets' empty lockers aren't filled with top-tier talent, their Brooklyn hou...