When he officially took over as owner of the Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov said he expected the franchise to win an NBA championship within five years. As for this year, playoffs were a possibility. With the team stopping over in Russian before making their way to China yesterday, Prokhorov was trying to stick by his word.
“Our task is to become champions in five years. I hope we’ll do it,” Prokhorov said, via The Associated Press.
Avery Johnson had backpedaled from those comments at the team’s media day, saying the quotes were out of context given the potential still available in free agency. He said he wanted his team to crawl first, then take baby steps.
The Star-Ledger’s Conor Orr cites Basketball Prospectus, who see the Nets as the 7th best team in the Eastern Conference this season.