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.
- Johnson 'not discouraged one bit' as team misses out on LeBron James, other free agents - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
- With LeBron James gone to Miami, what will Nets do now? - Dave D'Alessandro - Nets Blast
- Balance of power in NBA shifts to Miami as James joins Wade, Bosh - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
LeBron James is big loser in free agency drama, and Nets are right there with him - Steve Politi - Star-Ledger
Nets deal with free-agent freeze out - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Nets lose another one - LeBron heading to Miami - Tom Canavan - AP
- N.B.A.’s Season of Suspense Ends as James Chooses Heat - Howard Beck - New York Times
- Metro Area Doesn't Get James; Nets Shut Out - Al Iannazzone - The Nets Insider
- James Picks Heat; Gilbert Buries LeBron - Al Iannazzone - In the 'Zzone
With LeBron's move decided, powers of East take shape - Jeff Zillgitt & J. Michael Falgoust - USA Today