Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Says Brooklyn Nets Need One More Good Player

by April 23, 2013
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In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said that his team needs to attain one more above-average player to compliment Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. The Russian billionaire is sticking to his goal of bringing an NBA title to Brooklyn by 2015. Per Newsday: “One more good player,’ he said during an interview in Moscow last week before traveling to Brooklyn to catch his team’s playoff series. ‘And we need time to make a really strong team.’ P.J. Carlesimo is on board with Prokhorov’s thinking — sort of. Asked Monday night if he concurred with the owner’s assessment, the Nets’ interim coach made sure not to cross his boss while adding a little humor. ‘You think I would disagree with Mr. Prokhorov?’ Carlesimo said, producing laughter from the media. ‘That is an astute statement … Having said that, I love the 15 players that we have now. The league is expanding to 16 [roster spots] next year, so it won’t affect any of the guys currently on the roster. So Mikhail is right … ‘ Prokhorov, who has attended the first two games of the Nets’ playoff series, hasn’t wavered from the bold promise he made a few years ago when he said the Nets will hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy by the time 2015 is over. ‘If we have a great team spirit, great passion, we can beat anyone in the league,’ he said. ‘We are not underdogs, that’s for sure.'”