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Nets owner jokes he wants to open Barclays Center with Jay-Z

Aug 6, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Meets with Jay Z Getty Images

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is going to open this fall with a Mikhail Prokhorov concert…

Well, not exactly. It’s going to be a couple nights of Jay-Z shows. That probably sells a little better.

But the Nets majority owner apparently thinks he is going to join the minority owner and face of the franchise during those opening shows… okay, Prokhorov is probably joking. Maybe somebody should have run that joke by Jay-Z first.

Here is what Prokhorov is saying, according to Crain’s New York (via SLAM).

In February, the owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov, appeared on a Russian television comedy show called Spotlight Paris Hilton, and offered a musical tribute to his co-owner, hip-hop star Jay-Z.

“Mr. Jay-Z, this rap is for you,” went the English portion of the lyrics. “Mr. Jay-Z, this is the first presentation/of real rap music from Russian Federation. Mr. Jay-Z, you are not alone/Mikhail Prokhorov on the microphone.”

According to Mr. Prokhorov, a reprise is in the works, but this time in downtown Brooklyn, where Jay-Z will open the $1 billion Barclays Center with a series of sold-out concerts this fall. “Yes, I will rap at his concert,” Mr. Prokhorov informed Crain’s via email. “I am in rehearsals now 10 hours a day and plan to demand joint billing.”

First… yes, he’s joking around.

Second, there is a Russian comedy show called “Spotlight Paris Hilton?” How did I not know this and where can I find bootleg copies?

Third and finally, maybe this isn’t happening but I would love it if it would.

  1. crtzinc - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Man it’s true, August is a slow month for Basketball/News.

  2. phaden27 - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Mr Jay-Z, I’m talking to you/
    You ain’t never seen nothing like the White Russian Crew/
    I own parts of Turkey, even Kalamazoo/
    You wear Jordans? I remember when I wore those too/
    But next week I’m hittin’ the market with Prokhorov 22’s.

  3. cerealrapist - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    This is so racist, calling Jay-Z the “minority” owner, just cause he’s black.

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