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Talking with Beat Writers, Prokhorov Asks Fans for Patience

Mikhail Prokhorov is using his short time in New York wisely, meeting with prospective presidents of the Nets, dining with Rod Thorn, taking questions from NetsDaily as well as the team's beat writers.

He's also interested in real estate--a building at 34th and 8th. No, not the Garden, but nearby.

"I think Jay and I look really great. I’m looking into the possibility of buying the building and having it shipped back to Moscow."

In his interview with beat writers, the Russian billionaire asked Nets fans to remain patient in spite of the team's disastrous 12-70 season and disappointing free agency.  He promised once again that his young team will fight for the playoffs next season, and that his goal of winning a title in five years is intact.

He added the team wants to acquire a superstar in a trade and admitted he had a "hunch" his first shot at a superstar, LeBron James, was going to fail.

Meanwhile, Prokhorov issued a statement on the death of Yankees' owner Geroge Steinbrenner, ""For new franchise owners like myself, he was a model of how to build a dynasty team and what can be achieved if you have enough heart and vision. He was an absolute original.''