MarShon Brooks stood wearing his brand-new uniform in front of a green screen on the Brooklyn Nets' practice court, screwing up his face and making kissy lips at the camera. He stopped, then puckered up again for another take that will eventually introduce the ''Kiss Cam'' at the Barclays Center.
It was a fitting visual for a day the Nets formally kicked off what they hope will be a love affair with the New York City borough that hasn't had major professional sports since the Dodgers left town in 1957.
So much has changed in sports and Brooklyn since then that 55-year old baseball references hardly seem relevant. One thing has stayed the same, though: Fans still want to support a winner, even in the borough of ''Dem Bums'' and ''Wait `til Next Year.''
So can the Nets provide? Maybe.
Coach Avery Johnson is going to try to have a team the borough's residents can approve of even without star-studded rosters like those belonging to the Los Angeles Lakers or the defending champion Mi...