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Nets owner Prokhorov said he spoke with Deron Williams, jokes about Cuban

Apr 10, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Mikhail Prokhorov AP

The Nets did not get Dwight Howard to pair with Deron Williams as the team heads to Brooklyn. (Although, if the Magic knew then what they know now, don’t you think they pull the trigger on that deal?)

The Nets are not good. They likely will not be good when they move into the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn next year Which means it’s going to be hard to keep Williams with the team. He can opt-out of his deal this summer and will, then he can re-sign with the Nets, head to his home town Dallas (where owner Mark Cuban has set it up so they can offer a max deal) or anywhere else he wants.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov wants a start to market when the team moves into New York next year — that other team in the city has stars — and he said in a media session at the new building he spoke to Williams about staying. Here are his quotes, via the twitter of Ken Berger of

Prokhorov, asked again about D-Will, reveals that he met with the All-Star point guard yesterday… Prokhorov on D-Will: “He wants to win, and I want to win maybe even more

Prokhorov on Mark Cuban competing for D-Will: “Let the best man win. If he wins, I will crush him in kickboxing throwdown.”

Oh God, please let their be a Cuban vs. Prokhorov throwdown. I will pay whatever the pay-per-view fee is to see that. Do it for charity, guys — think of the children.

Prokhorov’s problem is that D-Will does want to win badly and it’s hard to see that future with the Nets short term, but it is pretty easy in Dallas or even somewhere like Indiana (which also has cap space). The Nets advantage is that Williams has enjoyed living in New York and the marketing opportunities that brings him (he has signed a deal with Red Bull, for example).

  1. sellahh - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Prokhorov is a Russian badass and Cuban is an American loudmouth. Not sure if serious, wouldn’t even be a contest.

  2. Gordon - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    He looks like Bib Fortuna from Return of the Jedi in this picture.

    • therealhtj - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Nerd Alert.

      • phaden27 - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        You’re reading about sports on something created by nerds. Nice.

    • fm31970 - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Are furry collars still “in”? Were they ever?? At least the jacket’s not the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man variety.

      D-Will is not coming back to the Nets. If you had the choice to work where you wanted to work, would you choose the Nets?

  3. raidmagic - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    (Although, if the Magic knew then what they know now, don’t you think they pull the trigger on that deal?)

    Uhh no.

  4. cmdrsmooth - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    He would be smart to stay in Brooklyn. Every player and fangrill want to sport a pro Brooklyn jersey. Give it time. This will be the next huge franchise.

  5. dcarlock - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Hey Kurt, you wrote “please let their be a Cuban”? Shouldn’t it be”there”? I knew the difference between those two words KINNYGARTEN!

  6. dcarlock - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    My Bad; that’s “IN KINNYGARTEN”! That’s what I get for making fun of you!!! LOL

  7. jolink653 - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    prokhorov to williams: i must break you…or i’ll look like a total idiot for trading most of my team for a guy that left as soon as he could

    i’m sure cuban already has deron’s locker all ready set up

  8. BigBeachBall - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    id rather hang out with the crazy russian owner… he gets more poon probably…

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