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Prokhorov still sees Nets winning title by 2015


08:47 AM ET 09.22 | When Mikhail Prokhorov bought the Nets two years ago, he declared the franchise will win a title by the end of the 2015 season. After seeing his team's roster dramatically overhauled this offseason ahead of the Nets beginning play in Brooklyn this fall, Prokhorov is standing behind that prediction. "For me, there's only one place: number one," Prokhorov said Friday inside his team's brand-new home, Barclays Center, in Brooklyn. "And I do my best to reach the championship. "We're moving on ... slowly, slowly, step by step. It's easy to make a strong team, but it's very difficult to make a championship team. So we're on the right way. And still, I'm expecting our championship within three years." Prokhorov was at Barclays Center alongside arena developer Bruce Ratner, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries to help cut the ribbon for the $1 billion arena.

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September 22, 2012  09:01 AM ET

"It's easy to make a strong team, but it's very difficult to make a championship team."

Well said. MP spends the $$, and knows that it takes more than that to get a title.

September 22, 2012  09:08 AM ET

If the Nyets win by 2015 I'll run through Brooklyn naked!

September 22, 2012  09:40 AM ET

Well Prov's comments should certainly fuel the pumps of bookoos of outsiders who are championing the Nets cause as overtakers of the Knicks and new kings of the city. I got some fabulous news for ya.......keep dreamin! I guess..what else is the billioniare suppose to say when it comes to the Nets aspirations. As sad as it is to say....the Nets, Mets, & Jets are all headline seeks and they have this passionate following on outsiders, more commonly referred to by New Yorkers as disgrutled malcontent haters boasting their support for these fail franchises. It is of no consequence that they continues to not give props to the Kings of New York, that is.....the Yank, Giants, and Knicks.......Putzs!

September 22, 2012  09:52 AM ET

Boris, get moose and squirrel...

<in my best Natasha Fatale accent>

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September 22, 2012  10:39 AM ET

JGB can get that on tape including the arrest afterwards.

I just pray he doesn't post it on youtube then pastes it here.

September 22, 2012  10:46 AM ET

An NBA championship is not something you can just throw enough money at and obtain. You need key pieces. There aren't many of them out there.

You can't?
How did Pat Riley do it?

September 22, 2012  10:46 AM ET

"Prokhorov still sees Nets winning title by 2015"????
Then the dude needs a new pair of glasses!!!!!

September 22, 2012  10:49 AM ET

The Nets are going to have to get lucky in getting the talent there to win and catch lighting in a bottle to win the title by 2015.

But you have to give Prokhorov credit though. He's telling the fans of the Nets that he wants to win the championship and nothing else. He's willing to spend the money so players will notice that. And look at Cuban when he bought the Mavs. He wanted to win the championship. It took him a little bit longer to get it then he thought. By the Mavs won.

So if Prokhorov throws the money around. And the front office spends it on the right players. Yeah the Nets can win.

September 22, 2012  10:51 AM ET

Vodka Is Not Your Friend, Bro.

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September 22, 2012  11:05 AM ET

You can't throw in the Knicks w/ the Giants and Yankees as champions. You can call them King just for fans' loyalties like yours. There's nothing to brag about yet for the Knicks. The Nets might overtake the Knicks again in game wins and playoff wins this year. They might be more successful than the Knicks on the court but the Knicks will still win in $$$$$...

Sorry buddy, "I can't throw the Knicks in"......"I just did"! The Knicks rep New York and are 2-6 in NBA championships. Yeah 8 trips. "The Knicks certainly are worried about Prov and his crosstown Buster whom are now disrespecting my boro with their paltry existence. Lastly overtakin the Knicks in games, wins, playoffs.........year keep dreamin bud, keep dreamin!

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September 22, 2012  11:16 AM ET

collusion. duh.

But the NBA and Stern don't want us to talk about collusion.


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