The last game of Nets in the Garden State against 76ers ends miserable. Philadelphia 76ers ruin the farewell party of New Jersey Nets with the city and Garden State stadium. 76ers vs Nets 105 – 87!!!!!
NJ Nets fall in final game in New Jersey, eye future in Brooklyn after blowout loss to Philadelphia 76ers
Fans show up, but Nets can’t give them a win
76ERS 105, NJ NETS 87
Almost 18 years later, Derrick Coleman realizes he should have trademarked the phrase that came to define the Nets and all their follies.
But at the time, Coleman said he was just sticking up for his good friend, Kenny Anderson, who skipped a December practice in 1994.
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Coleman was asked if Anderson should have been setting a better example, and … “right out the top of my head, ‘Whoopty damn do,’” Coleman recalled. “It’s amazing. What, it’s been 15, 20 years and people are still talking about it? I should have copyrighted it back then.
“I blame (Anderson) for every time it’s brought up: ‘I was sticking up for you.’”
The phrase followed Coleman to Monday’s farewell ceremony to New Jersey at the Prudential Center, where the Nets fell to the Sixers, 105-87, and where Coleman was introduced at halftime as “the man that gave us whoopty damn do.”
Former players spanning all Nets generations, including Anderson and Micheal Ray Richardson, were on hand for the final game of 35 years in the Garden State. But Coleman couldn’t escape his catch phrase, finding humor in the sarcastic fame attached to his words.
Anderson wasn’t so eager to rehash the story. And just like in 1994, he missed a scheduled event — showing up late for his press conference to discuss responsible fatherhood.
“What can I say about that? I missed practice. It’s 20 something years ago,” said Anderson, who, like Coleman and the Nets of the early ’90s, was known for unfulfilled potential. “I missed practice and everybody made a big deal about it. And Derrick said, ‘Whoopty damn do.’ It is what it is.”
With Coleman, Anderson, Drazen Petrovic and coach Chuck Daly, the Nets had a core as good as any in the NBA.
But Petrovic died in a car accident — “you always think about what could have been,” Coleman said. Daly retired. More recently, Coleman and Anderson filed for bankruptcy. Still, it’s never too late for a former Net to give an over-the-top statement.
“Me and Kenny we were so much more than Karl (Malone) and (John) Stockton,” Coleman said. “I thought my game was so much more versatile than Malone’s and Kenny was so much faster than Stockton.” (Stefan Bondy – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)