Humans have been putting spherical objects in hoops for centuries, but until the invention of the dunk, the fast break, and face dribbling, it wasn't an activity worth watching. See if "basketball" lives up to the hype with today's Groupon, which scores you a ticket to see the New Jersey Nets in the Prudential Center from one of two seating zones:
- For $35, you get a red seating ticket in section 5, 11, 16, or 22 (a $100 value)
- For $75, you get a blue seating ticket in section 7, 9, 18, or 20 (a $200 value)
Spectators can choose from two different regular season games:
- against the Washington Wizards on Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m.
- against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, December 19 at 1 p.m.
With a strong start to the season, the Nets have hurdled any possible hang-ups over last year and are ready to take on Eastern Conference juggernauts like the Celtics and Heat to reach the top. New head coach Avery Johnson has programmed his sentient squad of basketball cyborgs for full-court domination with smothering defense and a balanced offensive attack. Point guard Devin Harris has pushed his speed to superhuman levels to leave sluggish competition swatting at Devin Harris–shaped afterclouds, while young star Brook Lopez looms over undersized competition to pluck rebounds out of the air like pesky biplanes. Rookie Derrick Favors is banging boards against professional competition and helps defend the Nets' home turf from encroaching invasions of dunking birds of prey, hardwood sorcerers, lane-driving trains of covered wagons, and the rumbling cannonade made by Kevin Durant as he casts bolts from his throne in Basketballhalla.
Whichever game you attend, the 18,500 seats of Prudential Center—also known as "The Rock"—will put you in range to rattle opposing centers with distracting haikus, then watch them shed a single tear on the eight-sided scoreboard. With two years left before the seeds planted in Prospect Heights grow into a coniferous sports arena, today's Groupon makes it easy for Brooklyn to get acquainted with its new home team.