Nets if Mikhail Prokhorov had decided not to go for a star-studded lineup on buying the Nets but instead sought a slow, but steady build after the team's 12-70 season., the Washington Post's NBA writer, took a look last week at what might have been for the
Starting in 2010 after the Russian oligarch bought the team, then accelerating as the Nets moved into Barclays Center, no NBA owner paid out more money. In luxury taxes alone, he's paid out $113 million the last two seasons and is on track to spend another $20 million last year, most of it because he believed the Nets needed stars for their move into New York.
Lee looks at what might have been.
Prokhorov’s get-ring-quick-scheme resulted in the Nets abandoning any organic efforts to construct a team ... .In contrast, Golden State and Washington took the opposite approach – using years of failing to find stars in the draft – and now have promising teams that should be around for a while.
He argues that the Nets might have even won over fans quicker with such an "organic" build.
Prokhorov didn’t have to bring a title contender to Brooklyn — and he didn’t remotely come close — because a borough that had gone more than 50 years without a professional sports franchise would’ve embraced any product placed before it. An exciting team built around young players with upside creates a deeper connection between the team and the community because they’ve invested in watching the product grow.
Of course, Prokhorov was not just about Brooklyn. Not at all. He was about taking over New York (remember the Blueprint for Greatness billboard outside James Dolan's office window?) and building a "global team" that would rival the popularity of the English Premier League teams with their worldwide reach.
Now, Lee suggests Prokhorov may have some regrets. Indeed he has suffered financial damage that can surely be repaired --and forgotten-- with a big valuation. But don't be so sure about the regrets. Prokhorov and Dmitry Razumov believe they did the right thing to go for it all. That's their style. They privately admit to mistakes, but see the big picture as well, a New York team with a Brooklyn brand and a great brand. Just not a lot of luck.
- Lee for Three: Mikhail Prokhorov looking to sell Brooklyn Nets after failed get-ring-quick scheme - Michael C. Lee - Washington Post