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Prokhorov title talk doesn't come cheap

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07:05 AM ET 07.19 | What, you expected understatement when Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov unveiled Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry? Prokhorov's Nets are in position to contend for a title after acquiring Garnett, Pierce and Terry in a blockbuster trade and signing Andrei Kirilenko. Brooklyn already has a core of stars in Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. "I'll be proud when we win the championship. I'm not a man of procedure, I am a man of results," Prokhorov said. "We need a championship team. ... According to a league source, Prokhorov is going pay in the neighborhood of an NBA-record $184 million for his roster this season: $101 million in payroll and $83 million in projected luxury taxes.

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July 19, 2013  07:09 AM ET

its his pocket money

July 19, 2013  07:25 AM ET

He better not upset Putin or he will end up in jail.

July 19, 2013  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

its his pocket money

I know right? This team is just his side hustle. His money makes Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones' money look like pennies on the street.

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July 19, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Don't forget the under the table salary for AK47... This team is built for 2 years. It's now or never...

July 19, 2013  08:53 AM ET

His pockets are deep and he is spending plenty with title aspirations. I think they have a one shot deal next year to make it to the finals. Not sure they will win it all but that is how long the run will last. He will be the only owner spending like this.

July 19, 2013  09:01 AM ET

It doesn't come at all for this team. The Nets are a disaster, largest payroll in basketball and probably the 4 or 5 seed in the east. Vegas is predicting a 43-49 win season.

July 19, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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Don't forget the under the table salary for AK47... This team is built for 2 years. It's now or never...

Its never.

July 19, 2013  09:13 AM ET

He's definitely doing a better job than Cuban has done since Cuban broke up his title roster.

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July 19, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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It doesn't come at all for this team. The Nets are a disaster, largest payroll in basketball and probably the 4 or 5 seed in the east. Vegas is predicting a 43-49 win season.

Regular season doesn't really matter, it is all about the playoffs. They match up will with Miami, Bulls, Pacers and Knicks. Miami has a weakness in the interior and smoked the regular season, but faced a tough playoff against Pacers.

Knicks are about the same as last year will have problems at the 4 IMO. They match up well to them
Pacers will be about the same or slightly better. They have post players to match up with them.
Miami is good but have a weakness in the middle where the Nets have a strength.

Nets have 4-5 players capable of giving you 15 plus points a night so no heavy lifting should be needed which means they should be capable of winning mutliple ways. Their only weakness is age and coaching unproven

July 19, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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And makes the Lakers owners look homeless.

And makes Cavs owner look like a homeowner in Cleveland.

I'd take L.A. and some day Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson will too...

July 19, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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And makes the Lakers owners look homeless.

Well Mark Cuban and Dan Gilbert have about the same $$$ so wouldn't Prokhorov's money make Gilbert's look like pocket change?

July 19, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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And makes the Lakers owners look homeless.

BTW, we don't care what Lakers owners look like [we do appreciate Jeanie though]. We care what Staples Center rafters look like.

And don't give us that: we have just as many NBA Conference Titles as the Clippers. We're talking Lakers here...

July 19, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Regular season doesn't really matter, it is all about the playoffs. They match up will with Miami, Bulls, Pacers and Knicks. Miami has a weakness in the interior and smoked the regular season, but faced a tough playoff against Pacers. Knicks are about the same as last year will have problems at the 4 IMO. They match up well to themPacers will be about the same or slightly better. They have post players to match up with them.Miami is good but have a weakness in the middle where the Nets have a strength.Nets have 4-5 players capable of giving you 15 plus points a night so no heavy lifting should be needed which means they should be capable of winning mutliple ways. Their only weakness is age and coaching unproven

I just don't feel the Nets have the inside advantage you do. Lopez is a very soft player and rebounder. He averaged only 5 or 6 a game. KG and PP are pushing 40. I don't think either one will average 15 points get season.

Another big issue is Derron Williams. He's not the leader of a team. And was outplayed this year in the playoffs by by Kirk Hinrich (until the injury) and Nate Robinson.

I look for the Nets and the Knicks to be the 4 and 5 seeds in this years eastern conference. And the winner will probably get Chicago or Miami in the second round. They won't get past either.

Again IMO.

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July 19, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Can You Walk The Walk, Bro?

July 19, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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An owners job is to have an open check book, hire the right gm and stay out of the way.Drago seems to get it (though I'm not a huge billy king fan)

The city of New York has been cursed with the Dolan's ownership and monopoly of basketball until now. What Drago has done is remarkable. He's basically buying the ring for the city. I think what he needs to do next is find a way to talk Phil Jackson out of retirement or whatever he's doing.

That way they are legit to the core....

July 19, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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yes-if healthy- the nets should be a VERY tough out.they have the best starting 5 in the league * if healthy*and they now have a more than adequate benchthey might only have a 2 year max window- but they are dangerous now * if healthy*

I don't agree. That would have been a very good lineup 5 years ago but not now. All of the starter besides Lopez and played their best basketball and are on the downside.

And again the Nets were shown the door in the first round by Chicago without Rose and Deng, two all-stars. Add Hinrich after the second game and Noah. The Bulls beat them with Jimmy Butler, Nate Robinson, Taj and Mohammed.

So how does adding KG and PP who are both over 35 going to get them even past Chicago? Getting Rose, Deng and Noah back is far, far better than KG and PP. Really Noah and Deng are better then those two. Plus Rose.

 
July 19, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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The city of New York has been cursed with the Dolan's ownership and monopoly of basketball until now. What Drago has done is remarkable. He's basically buying the ring for the city. I think what he needs to do next is find a way to talk Phil Jackson out of retirement or whatever he's doing. That way they are legit to the core....

Lol, the Nets aren't winning anything beside the Titanic... I mean Atlantic

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