The mere mention of Bruce Ratner’s name evoked a smattering of boos from the 1,500 fans on hand at the Nets’ open practice last night at Ramapo College.
However, that clearly is an improvement from last season, when Nets fans filled Ratner’s E-mail box with irate messages about trading Kenyon Martin and moving the team to Brooklyn.
“I feel a lot more comfortable,” Ratner said of entering his second year as team owner. “My sense is that when I talk to people that I have been forgiven and they feel fine about ownership. I just had to find my stride.”
“It’s kind of like a rookie year,” Ratner said of last season. “Like (Nenad) Krstic, not as tall. In the second year he has a lot more confidence. I feel very confident.”
(I’ve already lost track of which one is which)
Much as I enjoy trashing Ratner, I’ve got to admit that 1500 in attendence for a mere workout is impressive. The Nets might be the only franchise in the NBA whose practices draw bigger crowds than some of their home games.