EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Can they win it all?
It feels like the Brooklyn Nets, who open arguably the most highly-anticipated season in franchise history on Wednesday night in Cleveland, have been talking about a championship forever.
But that’s what happens when your franchise gets purchased by a Russian billionaire who declared three years ago that he wants a title by 2015. Or else he’s getting married.
Mikhail Prokhorov is going to end up spending $190 million or so on his 2013-14 roster, so the Nets better win.
The Nets are old, yes. But they are also talented. Very talented. And deep.
There are questions: Can they stay healthy? Can Jason Kidd coach? Can they jell quickly? Can D-Will return to his elite point guard status? Can they compete with Miami?
How would you define success for the Nets? Is it a championship? A grind-it-out seven-game series with Indiana, Miami or Chicago in the second round? A trip to the Eastern Conference finals?
Let us know in the comments section below.
In case you missed it: D-Will will play Wednesday, just not 40 minutes. Kirilenko likely won’t. D-Will is ready for a fresh start. Kidd won’t be coaching. Lawrence Frank likely will be.
The 411: Ohm Youngmisuk will have you covered from Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night. I’ll be all over Twitter as well. Enjoy the game.