Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's goal remains winning a championship, and the confident Russian expects that to happen soon.
"Every team has a grand plan, and we're moving slowly, step by step, because it's easy to make a strong team, but it's very difficult to make a championship team," Prokhorov told reporters Friday after a ribbon-cutting, ceremonial opening of the $1 billion Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn. "We are on the right way and I'm expecting our championship within three years."
Prokhorov promised a title with five years when he bought the team in 2009, so his plan remains on schedule.
"He said five, so we're down to three. To me, it's a great goal," Nets general manager Billy King told reporters. "I'd rather him say that than say, 'Hopefully we're going to win a championship at some point.' That's the goal, and I look forward to the challenge."
The Nets haven't made the playoffs since the 2006-07 season, and have gone 58-172 over the past three seasons. Prokhorov allowed the team to spend to keep point guard Deron Williams and sign shooting guard Joe Johnson.
"For me there is only one place: No. 1," Prokhorov said. "And I'll do my best in order to reach a championship."