The Brooklyn Nets are one of the most moribund franchises in the NBA, without a competitive team or the draft picks to build one. But hey, at least they’re in Brooklyn, in a new arena and with a cool color scheme.
But back in the early ’90s, before the glory days of Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin and young Richard Jefferson, they didn’t even have that. They were the second franchise in their market, they had the most boring name in all major American professional sports, and they played in New Jersey, which may as well have been Canada for the New Yorkers they were so desperate to draw. That desperation led to some kooky ideas, none kookier than the recently-unearthed plan to rename them the Swamp Dragons.