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Mikhail Prokhorov may rename Nets (he has other bold plans, too)

May 19, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

prokhorov.jpgMikhail Prokhorov talks a good game. Which is more of a good game than we have seen out of the Nets is a while.

The comments out of a media brunch in New York Wednesday morning dripped of high expectations, confidence bordering on hubris (maybe not bordering on…) and big plans.

Like his suggestion that it might be time to change the Nets name when the team moves to Brooklyn in a couple years (as noted at The Baseline, with suggestions). He even joked he would name the team after his girlfriend — then change the name every time he changed girlfriends. Which he reportedly does pretty often. I knew I liked this guy for a reason.

A sampling of his other thoughts and one-liners from the last couple days:

* Kiki Vandeweghe is out; his contract will be allowed to expire. (This was expected but was not yet official.)

* He says he can lure the “best of the best” to play for his franchise.

* He wants to make Knicks fans into Nets fans. (As was noted on twitter, first he should make Nets fans into Nets fans.)

* He wants to build a truly international fan base, on both sides of the Atlantic (and Atlantic Shipyards).

* He expects to make the playoffs next year, to win a title within five years.

* When asked by SLAM‘s Lang Whittaker if he was willing to lose money to win a title he responded, “Your question is not very optimistic.”

Prokhorov was full of wit on one-liners. That and $4 will get you a latte. It does little in the world of NBA management.

Prokhorov has the skills for the long-term thinking, too. For smart management. This man did not luck into billions, he got in and out of things at the right time, he saw the big picture. For all the fun, that’s the important thing he brings to the Nets.

And we haven’t seen a lot of the Nets in a while.

  1. YX - May 19, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    As long as “lure” is not code talk for “blackmail”, I’m all for it.

  2. BC - May 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    How about the Brooklyn Borscht? Alliterative. Also descriptive given that their play resembled cold beet soup last year.

  3. Ray - May 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Actually, if you know anything about his back story, quite a bit of luck was involved in him making his billions.
    Funny how that works out, huh?

  4. Lactose The Intolerant - May 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    I heard he’s changing the team name to the New Jersey Nyets…

  5. NYknicks23 - May 19, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    I am a knicks fan and always have been. But they suck!!!! If the knicks dont land a big name free agent like Lebron or Bosh i am leaning towardss becoming a Nets fan!! NO JOKE!!!! love JAY-Z tooo but would be realllllly tough to change to a nets fan

  6. DonJulio7 - May 19, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    New Jersey Drive by. They will not win a championship before Cleveland!
    With or without Lebron James Cleveland is more prepared to grow naturally and is really a beautiful place to settle if your not maybe a billionaire. Dan Gilbert is a true money monger, but this Russian dude looks cold blooded. Gangstaaa if ya know what I mean!Dan Gilbert is cool!

  7. Brooklyn Barons - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Brooklyn Barons

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