Mikhail Prokhorov has said he wants the Nets to win a championship by 2015. He's also said he wants his original $223 million investment in the team and Barclays Center to be worth a billion dollars that same year. The first goal seems fleeting. The second, based on what the new owners in Sacramento paid for the Kings, looks like a lock.
But fans don't care much if the rich get richer. What they care about is arranging their schedule around playoff games in mid and late June. Publicly and privately, Nets ownership and management say they are optimistic long-term about the team. But truth be told, there are concerns that with a core roster basically locked in stone through 2015 is what they have, and what they can get, enough to make a championship run.
Andy Vasquez of the Record, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York and Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Gamne all take a look Thursday at the long and short term views of the Nets future, both Vasquez and Mazzeo starting with the coach. Kharpertian looks at the both through a series of questions, including coaching. It is the most important decision the team is likely to make for the next two years, which means 2015. It's increasingly evident that Billy King and ownership want an experienced winner. Whether they get one is another issue.
Both writers look at the cap situation, with Vasquez noting how tight it is and Mazzeo pointing to the signings of Andray Blatche and C.J. Watson (and the prospective signing of Bojan Bogdanovic) as examples of how King can get value from limited resources. King believes that the Nets new arena and aura will help recruit players. As the old adage goes, only time will tell.