Prokhorov's statement on Nets' big day
Principal owner Mikhail Prohkorov was clearly pleased, releasing a statement through the team on Thursday morning praising the front office for their immediate impact.
"I'm thrilled with the way our team has come together. My congratulations and appreciation go out to General Manager Billy King, Assistant General Manager Bobby Marks and Head Coach Avery Johnson for their tenacity, nerve and heart throughout this process," Prokhorov said in the statement. "With the re-signing of Deron Williams and the trade for Joe Johnson, we go into our new home led by an All-Star backcourt and with every hope of a great season for the Brooklyn Nets. I can't wait until opening night."
The Nets welcomed two of their Magnificent Seven, forwards Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic, in a press conference Thursday morning, and both men also praised the front office's diligence and the team's new atittude as reasons for their arrival.
"I will do anything to play for a winner. I made big money in Europe, too, but I wanted to come to a team that could do big things," said Teletovic, who was a top star in Spain last season but reached a buyout with Caja Laboral to come to the NBA for the 2012-13 season.
As for Evans, the 10-year NBA vet acquired via a sign-and-trade deal with the Clippers knows his role as a defensive specialist won't be a starring one, but it will be one he relishes as he looks for his first ring.
"It's real simple, my role. I ain't trying to score," Evans joked, before adding that, "seeing the direction that the ?Brooklyn Nets? are going, and knowing that I'm not getting younger, this was a perfect situation."
The team's introduction festivities will continue on Friday, when the Nets hold a press conference and pep rally at Borough Hall in Brooklyn to officially introduce the two men who make up said "All-Star backcourt," guards Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. The press conference, which you can watch live as it happens right here on the YES Network, begins at noon, with the fan rally to begin at 1 p.m.