Nets owner opens new arena with title expectations

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 23 2012 04:00 PM | Updated as of Sep 24 2012 12:00 AM

NEW YORK - Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov helped open the NBA team's new arena on Friday and the Russian billionaire said he expects the relocated club to bring home an NBA crown within three seasons.

"I still expect a championship within three years," said Prokhorov, who bought the Nets in 2009 when they were based in New Jersey with a vow the team would capture an NBA title within five seasons.

The $1 billion Barclays Center will open next Friday with a Jay-Z concert, one of eight sold-out shows scheduled by the Brooklyn-born performer, and host its first NBA game on November 1 when the Nets face the New York Knicks.

Businessman and movie producer Bruce Ratner, like Jay-Z a part-owner of the Nets, cut the ribbon on an arena he first envisioned nine years ago.

The Nets are the first professional sports team representing the New York neighborhood since Major League Baseball's Brooklyn Dodgers departed for Los Angeles after the 1957 season.

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