The Nets are suddenly cool.
They're the ugly duckling turned beauty after a remarkable makeover, the longtime laughingstock that transformed into the NBA's ''it'' team.
Their new home is beautiful, their redesigned uniforms sharp. They've got famous friends of the program and an unmistakable buzz all around the franchise.
Life in Brooklyn sure is different than it was in New Jersey.
And the Nets say they're not going to shrink in the unfamiliar spotlight.
''I think at some point we're going to have to be a little immune to it, but we know at the same time it's a good problem to have,'' coach Avery Johnson said. ''There's been so many jokes and laughter as it relates to our team and our lack of success and winning, so that goes with the territory. There's a greater responsibility and we would prefer to have it this way. Not being in the spotlight, not playing on national TV and all of the things that other teams experience is not good. So playing on TV, being in the spotlight, h...