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Nets honor late Jeffrey Gamblero

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets players honored the late Jeffrey Gamblero by wearing different colored neon No. 44 T-shirts featuring the "superfan's" name on the back during warmups prior to Tuesday night's game against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center.

The team also showed a tribute video and had a moment of silence for Gamblero, whose real name was Jeffrey Vanchiro.

Gamblero died Sunday night from serious injuries he sustained a day earlier after jumping out of a second-floor window at his father's house in Flushing, Queens.

He had made headlines after a Dec. 2 Nets-Knicks game for getting carried out of Madison Square Garden by security without his prosthetic leg.

"He was a tremendous fan," Nets guard Deron Williams said. "He's just a guy that you knew was gonna be there pretty much every game. You knew the energy he was going to bring. You knew you were gonna see that neon T-shirt and glasses. And so it's definitely a tragedy when you hear about him passing."

Added Nets center Brook Lopez: "He was a huge part of [the atmosphere at Barclays]. He definitely brought unique energy to the environment, and [his death] ... was tough for me to hear.

"He always brought positive energy. He always had our back. He was there for us. We were just proud to have him be a part of our organization and a part of our team."

Gamblero became known for his attire -- neon T-shirts under a white No. 44 home jersey, rimmed glasses and a baseball cap -- and his dance moves, which were frequently shown on video boards at the arena.

The arena's shot clock showed the No. 44 before the game. A banner honoring Gamblero was also displayed outside the arena.

Nets executive Irina Pavlova took to Twitter to express her thoughts on the organization's gesture.

Tweeted Gamblero's fiancee Kristi Evans: