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Mikhail Prokhorov has high expectations for Nets

Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov smiles as he

Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov smiles as he looks on during the Barclays Center ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Sept. 21, 2012) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Mikhail Prokhorov's definition of a successful season for his team is rather simple.

"With good planets' [alignment], maybe conference finals," the Nets' owner and Russian billionaire said before Saturday night's season opener against the Raptors at Barclays Center.

Actually, Prokhorov took it a step further during a colorful session with reporters that lasted nearly 15 minutes. He has made it clear that he expects the Nets to win an NBA title within the next three seasons, keeping the same timetable that he offered up two years ago when he first made the championship goal known.

He also has said he'll get married if the Nets don't win it in three years. So for someone who's professed his strong desire to be a bachelor forever, he knows time is ticking for the Nets to capture that title.

"I have only three years left," he said. "So maybe I am the most devoted guy for the championship."

Prokhorov didn't deny there is pressure on coach Avery Johnson to win, especially given that Johnson is in the final season of his three-year deal.

"Of course, personally for Avery,'' he said, "it's a very important year because for the first time, he has a good roster of talented players.''

Prokhorov was on board with the NBA's decision to postpone Thursday night's scheduled opener against the Knicks in Sandy's aftermath.

"It's life," said Prokhorov, who's expected to attend at least 25 percent of the Nets' home games. "I think the authorities did the best in the interest of the public safety. So we all understand.

"Of course, we all may be disappointed a little bit, but it's nothing compared to what people have suffered for the last few days. So we all understand."

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