Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov arrived at his team’s home opener Friday night in Brooklyn armed with a new catch-phrase: “Aiming for Amazing.”
It’s unclear whether the Russian billionaire was aware “Amazing” is already associated in these parts with a certain baseball team in Queens that hasn’t been so amazing in recent years.
Nonetheless, you get the idea Prokhorov expects big things from a team that is costing him a bundle in salaries. On paper, the Nets have a roster that gives Prokhorov reason to expect to be amazed. The Nets began their home opener against the Heat at Barclays Center by trotting out a starting five that sounded like an All-Star team: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. It wasn’t a Big Three. It was a Big Five.
And it was a banner night. The Nets held on for a 101-100 victory, ending a 13-game losing streak to the Heat. Allen Iverson, Geno Smith and Magic Johnson were among those at Barclays Center, along with various hip-ho...