If the Miami Heat have shown the world anything in the past two years, it’s that success doesn’t come overnight- even if your starting lineup consists of the best player in the world, the best shooting guard in the world, and a top-5 power forward. Despite having one of the best starting lineups in NBA history, it took the Miami Heat two years to even come close to winning the championship.
There’s no doubt that the Brooklyn Nets have revamped their roster over the summer and become a potential threat in the league. It would be hard to imagine the Nets missing the playoffs this year, with All-Stars Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, alongside young talent like Brook Lopez, Mirza Teletovic, and MarShon Brooks. And while there’s little doubt that the Nets will have a successful season this year, there is a limit to how far the Nets can go, whether fans will admit it or not.
On Friday, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov told the media his expectations for the Nets in the future, saying,
“It’s easy to make a strong team, but it’s very difficult to make a championship team. So we are on the right track and still I’m expecting our championship within three years now.”
The Nets, a team that hasn’t seen the playoffs in 5 years, let alone the Finals, will have to climb their way from the bottom to reach to top. Against powerhouses like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, the Nets will have to hold their own if they even want a chance of seeing the Finals.
It’s important to keep in mind that Prokhorov expected a championship in just three years. It’s also important to note that it took the Los Angeles Lakers (after acquiring Shaquille O’Neal) four years before they won a championship and the Miami Heat (after acquiring Chris Bosh and LeBron James) two years before they won a championship. So three years for the Nets to win a championship after acquiring Joe Johnson?