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Prokhorov: "Goals Remain Intact"

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Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov released a statement shortly after LeBron James announced his decision to join the Miami Heat.

"We have a vision of a championship team and need to invest wisely and for the long term," Prokhorov said. "Fortunately, we have more than one plan to reach success, and, as I have found in all areas of my business, that is key to achieving it.  To Nets fans past, present and future, the goal of making the playoffs this season remains intact and we reiterate our commitment to winning a championship within five years."

Avery Johnson also remains positive. "But we swung for the fences," he said. "Right now we haven’t hit a home run. So what’s next best thing? That’s what we’re focusing on."  Speaking of swinging for the fences, Dave D'Alessandro  reports the Nets and Bobcats may get into a "bidding war" for Tyrus Thomas, with the first bid at around $7 million a year.