Nets notes: Prokhorov's letter
Five years ago, Mikhail Prokhorov became Nets owner and guaranteed a championship by the end of this season. Saturday, in an open letter to Nets fans posted on the teamís website, Prokhorov gave thanks to a higher power after his high-priced team squeaked into the playoffs with 38 wins.
"It really came down to the wire," Prokhorov wrote. "But weíre the playoffs, and hallelujah, baby!"
It seems expectations have changed for the owner of the highest-paid team in basketball.
Prokhorov praised Nets fans, who had to endure a disappointing, roller-coaster of a season.
"Youíve been with us during the good, the bad, and the ugly," Prokhorov wrote. "At the end of our last [regular] season game, you stood and applauded the Nets players, even when we didnít know for sure whether weíd make it to the playoffs."
The Nets made it ó barely. But five years after his first bold proclamation, Prokhorov isnít making any guarantees about how the Nets will do in this postseason.
"Letís show the very best we are capable of," Prokhorov wrote. "And enjoy every minute of this great sport."
Hollins on rookies
Markel Brown and Bojan Bogdanovic are key rotation players for the Nets. Both are also rookies, and have never experienced the intensity of playoff basketball. But donít expect coach Lionel Hollins to give them a big inspirational speech before their debuts.
"I can give them a little bit of an idea of how itís going to be," Hollins said. "But until you get out there and see the intensity level thatís out there, and the never-quit attitude thatís out there, itís something that you have to pick up on."
Hollins said heís not sure how heíll react if any of his young players struggle with the intensity and pressure of the playoffs.
"Well, it depends on how the game is going and how bad theyíre staring in the headlights," Hollins said. "I mean, if theyíre about to get hit, Iím going to have to take them out."
Alan Anderson went through all of the Nets practice Saturday in East Rutherford, the first time heís done that since missing the final seven games of the season with a sprained left ankle. Anderson says heíll play today, but Hollins wouldnít commit to that.