Money is No Object for Brooklyn Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov
The Brooklyn Nets have made it very clear this offseason that they will do whatever it takes to bring home a NBA championship in 2013-14. In fact, owner Mikhail Prokhorov has stated on several occasions that money is no object. The Russian billionaire will pay the ridiculous $84 million luxury tax if that means Brooklyn will get a winner at the end of the season.
“When I bought the team, I promised to create a championship contender, a team worthy of Brooklyn,” Prokhorov said, according to USA Today Sports. “I’ll be proud when we win the championship. I am not a man of procedure. I am a man of results.
“We need a championship team. For me, it’s not the way to wait 10 years for results. I don’t think our fans will either. I’m willing to invest more to make Brooklyn the best in the league.”
Whether the Nets spent their money wisely will remain to be seen. However, many believe the addition of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko will be more than enough to contend for a championship. Obviously, these four players alone could make some serious noise, but the fact that they will be playing with Deron Williams and Reggie Evans is a big reason why Brooklyn could go the distance.
As good as the former Boston Celtics players are their talent on the court is not the only reason why the Nets acquired them in a trade. Brooklyn wants to load the team up with veterans who have experience winning championships.
“When you are building a team and you can add players, you want to add players who have a championship pedigree,” general manager Billy King said, according to USA Today Sports. “But what they bring is not just basketball. They’ll bring knowledge, they’ll bring experience, they’ll bring competitiveness (and) they’ll bring toughness.”
Prokhorov is hoping his investment pays off, which is certainly a realistic possibility. Considering Garnett and Pierce are at the end of their careers, it is clear the only reason they continued together was to go out on top.