Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov presented his team to the Russian public Sunday, meeting many of the players for the first time and reiterating a vow to turn them into a championship team in five years.
The Russian tycoon, who took over ownership in May, hosted an exhibition in Moscow where Nets stars including Devin Harris and Jordan Farmar participated in drills with local children between the ages 8 to 18.
Prokhorov high-fived players when they were introduced and later described ambitious plans to make the playoffs in the coming season and win a championship by 2015.
"Our task is to become champions in five years. I hope we'll do it," Prokhorov told the Associated Press.
For on-the-court success, he'll have his work cut out. The Nets were 12-70 last season.
The promise of a new arena in Brooklyn, a new coaching staff led by Avery Johnson and the raw aggression of a youthful roster, Prokhorov insisted, would ensure that "with a big fight, we'll be in the playoffs next season."