The Nets wanted Mike Krzyzewski or Jeff Van Gundy to be their coach. Tom Thibodeau was their third choice. The Nets hired Avery Johnson.Well, for team fans, that's not so hot, but Prokhorov has already reaped enormous good publicity from his purchase and media tour.
They hoped their 25-percent chance of winning the draft lottery would get them the top pick in the draft and John Wall. They took Derrick Favors third.
The Nets wanted team president Rod Thorn to continue to guide the basketball department. Thorn is resigning at the end of the week, with former Sixers’ president Billy King a candidate to replace him.
In free agency, they hoped – and wanted to believe – Mikhail Prokhorov’s money and global vision and Jay-Z’s appeal would result in LeBron James and other superstars coming to the Nets.
They wound up with Travis Outlaw, Johan Petro, Jordan Farmar and Anthony Morrow...
And former majority owner Bruce Ratner and his partners at Forest City Enterprises are no longer saddled with the team's losses.
So some bad luck likely doesn't hurt them as much.