The Brooklyn Nets honored one of their own with “Biggie Night” on Sunday.
The team recognized the rapper at the Barclays Center 20 years after his death with his mother, Voletta Wallace, children T’yanna and CJ, widow Faith Evans, Mark Pitts and Wayne Barrow at halfcourt.
“Thank you so much for inviting myself, my granddaughter, my grandson, Faith, Wayne and Mark for this wonderful night. This is my very, very first professional basketball game,” Wallace said. “From the bottom of my heart, I have to remember what my son said in the past: ‘Brooklyn, we did it.’”
Lil’ Kim and Diddy were also in attendance for the celebration, during which the Barclays Center unveiled a banner with “The Notorious B.I.G.” and the number “72,” the year he was born.
“Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way,” the banner reads.
Before the banner was revealed, Diddy spoke about the “greatest rapper of all time” and led the crowd in “10 seconds of Brooklyn noise” instead of a moment of silence.
The Brooklyn-raised rapper was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in L.A. on March 9, 1997. He was 24.
The murder remains unsolved, although widespread speculation pins the shooting on a feud between East and West Coast rappers.
Published at Mon, 13 Mar 2017 01:00:10 +0000