NEW YORK -- Brooklyn basketball greats including Connie Hawkins and World B. Free joined real estate developer Bruce Ratner on Tuesday to support his bid to buy the New Jersey Nets and move them across the Hudson and East rivers.

"Brooklyn Nets! Let's go!" said Free, who grew up in the borough's Brownsville neighborhood before going on to a 13-year NBA career.

Ratner, the developer of Brooklyn's 16-acre MetroTech Center, heads one of three investment groups that filed bids last week to buy the Nets from YankeeNets, the conglomerate that owns them....

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