Mikhail Prokhorov, one of Russia’s richest men, took part in the opening of the new arena Barclays Center’, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a business partner of Russians – Bruce Ratner.
Mikhail Prokhorov said that two years ago this place was just a deep hole, “This a dream come true, and I think it is the best arena in the world.” said Prokhorov.
The New York Post reports that Prokhorov told reporters, that he still believes the Nets will win a title by 2015.
Since Mikhail Prokhorov purchased the Nets, his team has gone 46-102 and failed to make the playoffs twice. Prokhorov moved it from New Jersey to New York. The club changed its name. For the first time since 1957, the club from the New York borough of Brooklyn will be represented in the NBA.
“For me, there’s only one place: number one,” Prokhorov said inside Barclays Center, in Brooklyn. “And I do my best to reach the championship.
“We’re moving on … slowly, slowly, step by step. It’s easy to make a strong team, but it’s very difficult to make a championship team. So we’re on the right way. And still, I’m expecting our championship within three years.”
Speaking at a press conference in New York, Prokhorov also announced the intention to help Russian children to train at bases NBA, which, in his opinion, will help to strengthen the position of Russian basketball in the world.
“Barclay Centre”, that coast a $ 1 billion, can seat up to 19 thousand spectators. It is planned to carry out a variety of sporting events and concerts. According to the press service of Mikhail Prokhorov, this year the legendary band The Rolling Stones will give it a unique anniversary concert in the United States, organized in honor of the 50th anniversary of the group.