For those who don't follow ESPN, new majority Russian owner of the Nets just announced a few days ago that not only does he plan on making his team be a major player in trying to go after the free agent class of 2010 which includes LeBron James, Chris Bosh and others. But he also guarantees that his team will make the playoffs next season,.......AND he guarantees they'll win a title no later than five years from now. Take in mind even though the Nets sucked this year, they did have a lot of injuries to some key players. Which if healthy, could've made the difference. They have a healthy Devin Harris coming back that many nba analysts say could become the next Tony Parker. You have an upcoming center like Brook Lopez, and they have the third pick in this years nba draft. Plus, if that's not enough, they do have enough salary cap and money to sign two max contract players. Therefore, with all that in mind, do YOU think Russian Nets owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, can deliver on his promise of getting his team back into the playoffs next season AND to win a title sometime within five years?
Hey buddy! I am not into sports, how have you been, i thought you were off already.
nah, i couldn't sleep. hey thanks again for that email you sent me a while back when you tried to help me out. sorry i didn't get a chance to e-mail you back. i just been kind of busy since i got a new job now over at macys. lol. so how about you? how are you doing today?
No job yet. I am glad you are working. I am trying to get my Journeyman's license and finish school, then I want to take some extra courses. I quit smoking, so that helped with the budget.
Oh well, I just noticed the time. It's almost 3:30 in the morning. I gotta get some sleep. Good night, it was good to see you.
It depends on a number of things. 1. what fa he signs, 2. do they have chemstry as a team. 3. whose the coach. Lets say they get lebron and bosh will they be able to co-exist. Ithink so bosh isnt a ball hog like lebron so i thonk those to could work, along with brook lopez it would be a great starting 3. Its hard to say who will be on the team because they could drop 60% of there roster, with a new owner in all. let them rebuild then think about the playoffs!
Without knowing who will even end up on the Nets, I think saying the Nets will win a title within five years is just talk. Could the Clippers have made the playoffs this year if they kept Marcus Camby and Blake Griffin didn't get hurt? Maybe, but they didn't. Would Portland be a title contender if Greg Oden played more like Patrick Ewing than Sam Bowie? That's also likely.
Even if you think you know what you're spending your money on, you don't know what you will get in a player. All the Nets owner has to base his bold predictions on is a lot of cash. Paul Allen up in Portland has some cash, also, but it hasn't gotten him a title. Mark Cuban has a few bucks in his pocket, as well--same story. I wish the guy well, I hate watching NBA teams that are no good, but obviously even if he were to get LeBron James (one would have to question James' sanity if he left Cleveland for the Nets because he "wants to win a championship.") and another good player, it might not be enough.
His predictions seem an effort to change the "corporate culture" in New Jersey. To become a winner, you have to be perceived as a winner. To draw top talent dedicated to winning, you have to prove you are dedicated, also. I guess he is off to a good start, and it will be interesting to see if he can back up his words when the free agent signing period begins.
you make a lot of good points there. plus, even if nets manage to put together a solid team during the season, it doesn't guarantee post season success. hell, look at the cavaliers. in the regular season they dominate, but in the post season it seems they always somehow turn into another one man show, where other dominate teams slaughter them.
If he lands Lebron, they have a chance. Most people are listing the NJN as the third most likely place, but it would certainly be a step in the right direction.
Nets are like the Sixers, crappy front office = crappy starting 5.
Yes, if they get Phil Jackson. Heck, the guy could probable make the Clippers contenders if so wishes
well that AND if they somehow manage to sign Lebron James and Chris Bosh to max deals, and draft a real good player. And assuming both brook lopez and devin harris are healthy, then it's possible. however, that's an awful lot of ifs though.
It depends on who they get 2 sign with the team, but I don't think they will win, u still got the magic out there. Boston only got like 1 more year left, and the big three will be gone.
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