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Nets.com? Not what you think

Feb. 6, 1983 Warriors trade Micheal Ray Richardson

Feb. 6, 1983
Warriors trade Micheal Ray Richardson to the Nets for Sleepy Floyd and Mickey Johnson
The Nets parted with a young “Sleepy” Floyd for Micheal Ray Richardson, an All-Star point guard who led the league in assists and steals during the 1979-80 season. Richardson was named an All-Star as a member of the Nets in 1985, but a year later was banned from the NBA for life for violating the league’s substance abuse policy multiple times.
General manager: Bob MacKinnon
(Credit: AP)

The Knicks will make their Sandy-delayed Barclays Center debut Monday, but fans should not try catching up on the competition by going to Nets.com for information on the new team in Brooklyn.

For the past week, doing so led not to the Brooklyn Nets’ website but rather to the home page of . . . the Knicks!

What gives? The Knicks declined to comment other than to assert they had nothing to do with it. The Nets did not comment either, other than to point out their official website is BrooklynNets.com.

Hmm. The blog Deadspin.com first reported last month on strange doings with Nets.com, which is registered to Cyber Mesa, a telecommunications company based in New Mexico.

Initially, entering the address directed people to a page that included a picture of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with his tongue stuck out and a line in Russian that seemed to be taunting Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

Then, starting last Sunday, it began redirecting people to the Knicks’ site.

No one has gotten to the bottom of the mystery yet, but one theory is that the owners of the domain name merely are trying to goad the Nets into paying for the privilege of controlling it.

Tags: Nets , Knicks