Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/31/12
Those crazy Russian oligarchs. They are such jokesters. Mikhail Prokhorov, the absurdly wealthy owner of the Brooklyn Nets, is an interesting fellow. He famously declared two years ago that the Nets would win and NBA title within five years, and despite bolstering the roster by adding Joe Johnson to a core of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace during the offseason, the Nets still appear to be pretty far away from that goal. There was an addendum on Prokhorov's championship promise that is not often talked about, though. Rather than let it fade away, the Russian billionaire brought it right back into the fore in an interview with the New York Post, revealing that there is no challenge -- not even holy matrimony -- that he is afraid to face. "I have said that if the Nets don't win the NBA championship within five years, I will punish myself by getting married," Prokhorov is quoted as saying. "We are in year three. So no one is more interested in winning a championship t...
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