Prokhorov introduces Moscow to the Nets
New Jersey Nets’ players attend the official opening of the first NBA store in Russia, Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 10. The New Jersey Nets team was bought this year by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov
MOSCOW — New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has presented his team to the Russian public, meeting many of the players for the first time and reiterating a vow to turn them into a championship-winning team in five years
The Russian tycoon, who took over ownership in May, hosted an exhibition in Moscow on Sunday where Nets stars including Jordan Farmar and Devin Harris participated in training drills with local kids aged 8 to 18.
Prokhorov high-fived with team members when they were introduced, and later reiterated ambitious plans to secure a playoff place in the coming season and to win the championship by 2015.
He says hiring coach Avery Johnson will help turn around last season's disastrous record of 12 wins and 70 defeats. Johnson was optimistic but warned "nothing's going to happen overnight."