Barclays Center will feel a little bit emptier when the Nets step onto the court next season.
The organization announced that Judy Reznick, affectionately known to Nets fans as “Mrs. Whammy”, passed away.
She was 87 years old.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Judy Reznick, affectionately known to so many as Mrs. Whammy,” the Nets wrote on X, formerly Twitter on Monday. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to her husband Bruce and the entire Reznick family. Her memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.”
Judy Reznick had been a staple at Nets home games along with her husband, Bruce, known as Mr. Whammy for the hex he tries to put on opposing players while they’re shooting free throws.
Judy had become as beloved as Bruce inside Barclays Center and among Nets fans over the years.
During an interview with Spectrum News, Judy joked “I find they catch me in the lady’s room” when talking about her own fans at Nets games.
There was an outpouring of condolence messages on social media after news of her passing broke.
Nets owner Joe Tsai wrote on X that he was “heartbroken” over the news.
Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie reacted to the news on his Instagram story.
“Even when I was an opposing player y’all treated me like family.
The Dinwiddie family sends their condolences,” he wrote.
“God, such sad news,” Nets fan Jonathan Segarra wrote on X. “Our nets community will not be the same with the loss of Mrs. Whammy! Condolences to Mr. Whammy, their family and the Nets family.”
Judy and Bruce Reznick had been attending games since the team’s days across the river in New Jersey and their presence has been a part of Nets culture through the move to Brooklyn in 2012.
And they’re as known to the players as they are to the fans.
It was the norm for players on the Nets, as well as past members of the organization, to come up and greet the Reznick’s courtside before a game.
In one instance from last season, now former-Net superstar Kevin Durant came over and kissed Judy on the cheek and hugged her prior to a game at Barclays Center.
Judy and Bruce met when they were seniors in high school, according to NPR, and had been together since.
She supported Bruce through law school and had been the office manager of his law practice.
And she of course had been his companion for Nets games.
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