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Prokhorov to appear on "60 Minutes"

Mar 25, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

Mikhail Prokhorov might be the enigmatic billionaire who will save the Nets. He’s a Russian Oligarch. He’s been described as a “wild child.” He once spent $19,000 on a lunch. He does tricks on a jet ski. He’s been called the “Russian Mark Cuban,” although that label might be restrictive.

Soon, American audiences will have a chance to get a deeper look at Prokhorov. He is set to appear on “60 Minutes,” where he will discuss himself and his plans for the New Jersey Nets. Here’s an excerpt from CBS’ preview of the telecast:

“I am real excited to take the worst team of the league and turn it to
be the best,” says Prokhorov. Asked by Kroft if he really thinks he can
pull it off, the 6-foot-8-inch billionaire responds, “I am confident.
Do you remember in the Frank Sinatra song, ‘New York, New York?’ If I
can make it there, I can make it anywhere,” he tells Kroft with a
laugh.

With all their cap space and a high-lottery pick, this is going to be an extremely important summer for the NBA’s worst team. At 7 PM this Sunday, Nets fans will get to decide for themselves if Prokhorov is the right man to lead the organization into happier times. 

  1. w - Mar 25, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    memo to nba PLayers : Watch your coffee, before you and your team plays the NETS !. Or you might end up glowing in the dark ! Russians play for keeps !!

  2. Standish Peck - Mar 25, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Don’t feel you have to keep Yi Jinlian just to broadcast all the Nets games he plays in back to China.
    He’s dragged down the team long enough!

  3. jerry25 - Mar 26, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Maybe Proky has been delaying his approval by NBA until just after season, so that he can claim he started with worst team. The belief that he is just waiting until all the terms of the agreement with the current owner – namely vacating the occupants where Barclays is being built in Brooklyn – may not be the main reason.
    The NBA Board will meet several days after the season. It will be interesting to see if they approve him at that date – perhaps conditionally.
    And Standish Peck is on to something. Proky is in the NBA to WIN, not to make advertising money. Yi will be taking up $5.4 million in cap space in the summer of 2011, if he remains.

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