LeBron says Nets 'have a cool factor'

Knicks fans would probably beg to differ, but LeBron James says the Nets are "cool" now that they've moved to Brooklyn.

"I mean, just from the outside looking in, looking at that state-of-the-art arena that they have, that's cool," James said Wednesday, prior to his team's 103-73 blowout victory over the Nets in Miami, according to the New York Post. "Jay-Z is cool. D-Will (Deron Williams) is cool. So I guess they have a cool factor."

In the summer of 2010, the Nets put up a massive billboard across from Madison Square Garden with the slogan "The Blueprint for Greatness" accompanied by photos of owners Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z.

The Nets were hoping to reel in James and Dwyane Wade in free agency. They courted both, but came away with neither, and ended up with Travis Outlaw and Johan Petro.

In their final two seasons in New Jersey, the Nets went 46-102.

"It was hard to see where they were (heading) at the time," James said, according to the Post. "It was great to talk to their owner, and talk to Coach (Avery) Johnson.

"I had a great meeting with those guys, but ultimately we all know where I landed at. I'm happy I'm here, and it's working out for them, as well."

"They had a very great presentation when I was in the meeting with them," Wade said, according to the Post. "It was very exciting to think about Brooklyn, to think about being the first. I knew what they were embarking on was going to be exciting. ... But at that time that was two years away. We were at a point where we (wanted to) do it now.

"Once they (were) able to get Deron Williams down there I knew they had the right centerpiece ... and having Brook Lopez already, he's one of the best centers in our league. There's excitement (about it) around the league. It's great for our league. It's great for fans of our game, and obviously it's great for Brooklyn."

James and Wade lost in the NBA Finals in 2011, but ended up winning it all in 2012.