The Brooklyn Nets celebrated the life of one of the NYC borough’s favorite sons during Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks (Mar. 12). The basketball team honored late-rap star The Notorious B.I.G. a few days after the 20th anniversary of his death, with his family and friends in attendance.
Biggie (real name Christopher Wallace) was immortalized at the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn with his own retired jersey banner, which bears the number 72 for the year he was born. The banner, which comes with the lyrics “Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way” from his song “Juicy,” hangs next to the banner of fellow Brooklyn boy, Jay Z.
Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace, his children T’yanna and CJ, Faith Evans, close friend/collaborator Diddy and fellow Bad Boy Records musicians Lil’ Kim and Ma$e took center court to honor their loved one’s memory.
“We are truly humbled and honored to be here…we celebrate his birth and his passing,” said Diddy to the crowd of Brooklyn Nets fans and Biggie fans. “We wanna thank the whole Brooklyn Nets organization. Tonight is Biggie night, and usually we do a moment of silence, but in honor of Biggie, being from Brooklyn, he always said ‘spread love the Brooklyn way.’ So, I want 10 seconds of Brooklyn noise.”
“This is my very very first professional basketball game!” said Mrs. Wallace. “I have to remember what my son said in the past- ‘Brooklyn, we did it.'”
In addition to all the celebrating, the Nets bested the Knicks, 120-112. A great night to be a Brooklynite, indeed.
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