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Brooklyn Nets: The Biggest Gamble In The NBA

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have one goal in mind this season: Win an NBA championship. And Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is willing to pay for it.

“I think we’re going to be right up there with the best of them,” Pierce said Thursday at the team’s press conference.

Prokhorov, who showed up in jeans and a t-shirt, said this.

The owner is willing to bet $83 million on the idea that a bunch of names-that-are-better-than-their-talent-at-least-today guys can surpass the Miami Heat.

But they’ll have to get past a team in the same state first.

“I think we’re talking about a championship, so it doesn’t matter if it’s Miami, Chicago, Indiana, it’s New York, too,” said first-year coach Jason Kidd. “It is a nice rivalry here between the two of us, and hopefully we can get the better of them this year, but the big picture is that championship trophy, and that’s why we’re up here. The gold trophy is what we’re here for.”

The new collective bargaining agreement creates a league in which you have to pay to compete. But $83 million? And that’s just the luxury-tax bill.

Not to mention the Nets don’t have a single Top-10 player on an aging roster that is led by a first year head coach. Heck, I don’t even know where the window is, let alone how long it’s open for.

Hey, maybe that’s the price of relevancy. The team could talk about winning championships all day, but what it has really won is significance.

We talked about the Miami Heat banking everything on winning titles. Ray Allen taking less to win another title. The Big Three taking less money to win multiple rings.

We thought that was a gamble? Check out what’s going on in Brooklyn.

“We’ve got the pieces to contend for a championship, and that’s our goal,” said Nets GM Billy King. “This is a great day for Brooklyn, for basketball and for the organization.”

Well, would you pay $83 million to contend?

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