Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  34 responses

Mikhail Prokhorov: Nets to Win a Title Within 5 Years

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

With the NBA’s always exciting Draft lottery taking place in Secaucus, NJ, tonight, the New Jersey Nets’ new billionaire owner will be on hand to represent his basketball team. And the man will bring along his otherworldly confidence with him, in the hopes of turning around his moribund franchise’s fortunes.

Prokhorov has much bigger goals than just acquiring the top pick in the Draft; the guy is already talking about the Nets not only making the Playoffs next season, but also winning a title (in no more than five years!).

Check out the taped video message below, in which the Russian delivers bold promises to the Nets’ fanbase:

As Jared Wade astutely joked last night on Twitter, there’s a good chance that Mikhail Prokhorov was once a member of the editorial staff here at SLAM.

Hey, you gotta start somewhere.

(H/T: Both Teams Played Hard)

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    It was then not necessarily reported that he would add Lebron, Wade, and Bosh to his team.

  • larrylegend

    the chelsea way!!!

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    A lot can happen in 5 years. In 5 years the Magic went from drafting Howard #1 to being in the finals. The Cavs made the finals 4 years after drafting Lebron #1, ya ya Lebron is a once in a generation talent and the east really sucked in ’07. 5 years after drafting Iverson #1, the 76ers made the finals. Shaq got his Magic there quick, The Pistons rebuilt rather quickly and were a champion and a force in the east for a few years. Wade led a team to the championship in his 3rd year. Why are people saying this is such a crazy statement by this guy? A lot can happen to a team, and the league in 5 years.

  • Diesel

    With the NBA salary cap being what it is and this guy seemingly having an endless supply of money, I don’t know how far off his statements are. Get Wall in the draft, sign a free agent this year, and trade Harris for a good piece in return and the Nets are in a good position. He did qualify his statements with “if everything goes as planned…”

  • Diesel

    @larrylegend – that’s exactly how I see this thing panning out: Bring me your best players and I’ll pay everyone.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Best of luck to him. Nets cant afford a decade of futility like the Mavs had in the 90s.

  • Rich

    you know what they say, if u aim for the moon u will land in the stars

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Ha this guy is awesome!

  • LA Huey

    I love the choice of the picture for the link

  • SK

    Gotta love the State of the Union address from President Prokhorov.
    But because of the salary cap he can’t just go on a spending spree like Abramovich can do every couple years. Hopefully they add some nice pieces this year but don’t risk the next few years by signing unworthy max contracts.

  • Hussman25

    This new Nets owner must have been a SLAM Reader on tha low… SN: I really wished that SLAM Cover of Williams, Van Horn, Gill, Kittles and Cassell really would have come true… SMH

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I wish dude and his Nets the best of luck, but for tonight I’m DEFINITELY gonna be rooting AGAINST the Nets! If they get the number 1 pick, that might help convince LeBron to head to NJ, and we can’t have that. Dude needs to go to the Chi.

  • ClydeSays

    Was that piece shot in his grandmother’s dining room? He’s confident, but not exactly convincing. As others have pointed out, money doesn’t always equal smart basketball decisions. The Spurs always spend less that the Mavs & have been much more successful. Sure Duncan had alot to do with that, but their management & coaching staff get a ton of the credit.

    The Nets do have a sensible GM in Rod Thorn. He’s drafted well & made decent trades. The core of Lee, Lopez, Yee & Harris could be a good one to build on. Getting out of the Swamp is a great start. I will definitely go see a game in Newark.

  • Yesse

    That’s what a russian would always say.

  • daynja!

    a championship in one year, minimum…….no s#!%

  • http://Soulbanger.tumblr.com Tapion786

    @clydesays you haven’t seen a nets game in the past two seasons. “yee” aka Yi is a bust. I have not disliked a Net more than Yi. Doesn’t play D and stands around offensively shooting jumpers that don’t drop most of the time. T-will is going to be a big part of the nets future, watch him shine next season (he won’t shine as much if we get wall then lebron, but I wouldn’t really mind that)

  • jedi420

    This dude is gangsta, can’t wait to see how this works out!!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    This guy’s way too awesome. Rondo bullies Harris in a pre-season game? A couple of calls and Mikhail will have him “taken care of”.

  • http://twitter.com/dyalektraps d.Y.

    Yeah, like Hussman said, how old are the SLAMs they’re getting in Moscow?

  • Tommy Patron

    I fully believe him.

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Championship, minimum 1 year … hey, anything’s possible!

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    Every team in the league would win a championship every year if everything went ‘as planned.’…except for the Clippers. – - – No for real, though. I know having deep pockets is great and everything but, unlike many, I believe it when I see it. I don’t see the Lakers going anywhere. The Magic are going to stick around. The Hawks, Bucks, OKC, and lots of other teams are going to be in title contention every one of those five years. – - – Nice pitch to get Lebron though.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    The tape ends with “If we do not have the championship within five years, Mr. Bond, zee girl will die.”

  • ab_40

    if Jay ain’t payin lebron he’s payin dwayne wade. MJ and this guy are the new hands on owners the leauge needs. The rise in money and fans has been stellar but now it’s a cash cow. they need some new things to keep a stellar cash flow

  • jufu

    John Wall
    Dwyane Wade
    Terrence Williams
    Yi Jianlian
    Brook Lopez
    time for me to bring back out mah netz jerseys!

  • http://www.slamonline.com K-B

    This seems like the kind of guy that would sign Allen Iverson to a contract this off season.

  • http://Yahoo.com 323 356 9658

    This guy could suck my dick. The nets are gonna go nowhere with teams like the lakers and celtics still around maybe in 100 years the nets will win their first ring

  • Vikturus

    I think both Lebron and John Wall could make Brook Lopez look REALLY good next year!

  • snasty10

    Who the eff is snasty? Im Tarzan! Boris has a gameplan, and wont give two poops about the luxury tax. Wade and amare to nj with devin and brook. Backcort and frontcourt loaded! With twill flourishing on the wing. Eat it cdr!

  • doyouwantmore

    So much for that idea. I guess Derrick Favors can team up with Yi Jianlian or something.

  • hank

    does anyone know how to write to trashtalk

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear


  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Brook Lopez is going to be the Nets’ cornerstone for this decade, unless they trade him. He is already better than Dwight Howard offensively..

  • bnets

    Go Russian Mobs!!!! Go Nets!!!!!