The Brooklyn Nets celebrated the life and legacy of the late rapper, Notorious B.I.G, on ‘Biggie Night’, which was held at the Barclays Center in his hometown on Sunday (Mar 12).
Biggie’s family was present at the event, including his mama, Voletta Wallace, his widow Faith Evans, and his kids, Christopher Jordan and T’Yanna.
Grabbing the mic at center court during a special halftime ceremony, Voletta spoke about her late son before his jersey was retired. “I have to remember what my son said in the past,” she told the crowd. “Brooklyn, we did it!”
Biggie’s close friends and collaborators, Diddy and Lil Kim, were also present. Diddy also introduced a permanent B.I.G banner at the arena.
“Usually we do a moment of silence,” he said. “But in honor of Biggie being from Brooklyn, he always said, ‘Spread love the Brooklyn way.’ I would like to get 10 seconds of Brooklyn noise.”
Following a roar from the crowd, Puff Daddy pointed to the rafters where a black-and-white banner was being unveiled. “This banner honoring the life and legacy of Biggie Smalls will hang permanently at Barclays Center,”
With ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’ playing, the banner was unveiled. It reads: “The Notorious B.I.G. — 72 — ‘Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way.’” The number 72 references his birth year, 1972, while the lyric comes from Biggie’s breakout single, “Juicy.” The banner hangs next to one that commemorates Jay Z as the arena’s grand opening artist.