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Mikhail Prokhorov

  1. Nets now sponsored by Stoli vodka, team’s Russian owner might appear in ads

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:27 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Meets with Jay Z

    In this economy, sponsorships for NBA teams are hard to come by. Teams are looking everywhere for new markets. Say, for example, Russia. And the hard liquor market there. Stolichnaya Vodka — most people call it Stoli — is now a sponsor of the New Jersey Nets, according to the twitter account of CNBC’s Darren…

  2. Nets CEO, Rod Thorn play blame game for Nets 12-win season

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    When you lose 70 games in a season, everyone should get some blame. Players, coaches, front office, owner, equipment manager, everyone except the guy running the good imported beer concession. Never blame the guy selling beer. In the last few days, Nets CEO Brett Yormark — a guy retained in the Mikhail Prokhorov power structure…

  3. Nets trying to be actual globetrotters, hosting open practice in Moscow

    Sep 9, 2010, 7:32 PM EST

    Because a move to Newark and a preseason game in China were not enough… As the Nets are on their way to China, they are going to stop off for a while in Moscow for an open practice and to run a children’s clinic, according to the New York Times. As you might expect, this…

  4. Report: Carmelo Anthony told Denver owner face-to-face to trade him, team trying

    Aug 26, 2010, 7:38 PM EST

    Congratulations on the new gig Masai Ujiri, now go trade Carmelo Anthony and make sure you get us a good deal… Not sure that was the exact welcoming package for the new Denver Nuggets general manager, but a new report says it may not be far off. And apparently the Nets and Clippers are the…

  5. Nets start process to change team nickname: The Brooklyn…?

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:36 AM EST

    The New Jersey Nets are about to go the way of the Buffalo Braves and the Syracuse Nationals. Not only is the team moving, but also this week they officially filed paperwork with the league to change the name of the franchise, according to the New York Daily News. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said he…

  6. Nets hire more scouts. But they'll report to Billy King.

    Aug 4, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

    Interesting note from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated on one of the changes Mikhail Prokhorov has already brought to the New Jersey Nets. Nets spending heavily on scouting. Retain entire staff, move Roy Rogers to advance scout and hire three new scouts. Aggressive moves. More information, more opinions, more voices can be a good thing.…

  7. Mikhail Prokhorov sticks up for LeBron

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:06 PM EST

    LeBron has plenty of people watching his back, including the editors at ESPN.com. And Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Who wrote a letter to the USA Today. The players are signed, the “Decision” is made, but the passions around this year’s extraordinary class of NBA free agents refuses to die down. What surprises me is the…

  8. Prokhorov has a plan, it involves making a lot of money in Brooklyn

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:47 AM EST

    Mikhail Prokhorov is about making money. Do not ever forget that. He’s also good at it. He has a plan. Prokhorov spoke with Forbes Russia and laid out his plans (which the New York Daily News translated): “When you’re talking about the business of sports, you can’t leave out passion and love. That’s why, in…

  9. Nets fans, patience. Just have patience.

    Jul 9, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

    The New Jersey Nets won 12 games last season. LeBron James wants a title. LeBron to New Jersey was going to be a long shot because of those two facts. But if not LeBron, then what? Rumors had been that Amare Stoudemire was the fallback plan, but he will take Manhattan. Then there was Carlos…

  10. Mikhail Prokhorov makes his first big move, agrees to a five-year, $35 million deal with Travis Outlaw

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:05 PM EST

    After whiffing on Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Joe Johnson, and likely LeBron James as well, the Nets had to do something. So they’ve agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal with Travis Outlaw, which makes sense but doesn’t. Outlaw is a pretty average player, and he’ll make slightly more than that…

  11. NBA free agency: These bright lights may or may not inspire you

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    The team that plays in the World’s Most Famous Arena in the Greatest City on Earth is not exactly having a blockbuster start to free agency. They had their meeting with LeBron in Cleveland, a location they obviously would have preferred to avoid. Showing James the glitz and glitter of New York would have been…

  12. Nets up first, pitch LeBron with clothing line and lessons in being a billionaire

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:46 AM EST

    On the court, the Nets have a nice young team. That’s not going to be enough. So as the Nets walk through the doors to be the first team to pitch LeBron James — starting at 11 am Eastern — here is what they are selling, according to the New York Post. Russian billionaire owner…

  13. Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z standing tall over Madison Square Garden

    Jun 29, 2010, 8:24 PM EST

    Right on the corner of 34th and 8th in Manhattan, overlooking Madison Square Garden, looms the billboard of two people: Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z. The two owners of the New Jersey Nets. On the billboard it has the Nets logo and says “Blue Print For Greatness.” The message is not subtle — the Nets are…

  14. The Nets new managers are not the boogeymen. Just for the record.

    Jun 28, 2010, 6:25 PM EST

    When Mikhail Prokhorov’s name first started coming up as a potential owner of the Nets, you heard whispers: Does the NBA want to touch a guy who has touched the Russian mob? Didn’t he get arrested for having prostitutes around? Turns out, he was clean — or as clean as any other NBA owner, which…

  15. Rod Thorn thought he was being pursued by Boris and Natasha

    Jun 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    In Soviet basketball organization, generals manage you! The New York Daily News reports this morning that Rod Thorn chose to resign from the Nets as General Manager because of “Russian spies” within the organization. What that translates to is Mikhail Prokhorov, since taking control as majority owner, has installed his own people as you’d expect…

  16. If Nets are going to get Jerry Colangelo, they are going to have to pay

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    It was supposed to be: Mikhail Prokhorov = big spender. But Rod Thorn is stepping down as general manager in New Jersey and the rumblings around the league (according to Marc Stein and others) is that part of the reason was Thorn was asked to take a pay cut. Prokhorov was not spending big. Now…

  17. Report: Jiggaman Jay-Z, Prokhorov get first crack at LeBron James

    Jun 26, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    Sure, the Finals were fun, in a sort of “two-teams-shooting-35%-from-the-floor” sort of way. But now the real entertainment begins. Watching professional franchises, several steeped in rich history and other heralded by some of the most powerful men in the world, crawl and beg before a 25-year-old small forward from Akron, Ohio.  First up? H.O.V.A.  Yahoo!…

  18. Nets have deal with Avery Johnson to become coach

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:52 PM EST

    You knew the little general was going to get a job somewhere this summer. Looks like he got a prime one. ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting via twitter that the Nets have reached a verbal agreement with Avery Johnson on a contract to become their next head coach. The talks didn’t last long, which is…

  19. Harlem Globetrotters offer LeBron James, Dwyane Wade ownership to come play

    Jun 9, 2010, 8:37 AM EST

    Well, there’s one offer Mikhail Prokhorov or Dan Gilbert can’t make. The Harlem Globetrotters have already reached out to LeBron James and made him an offer — part ownership of the team. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported this via twitter. In a serious effort/marketing move, the Harlem Globetrotters are making a pitch…

  20. Avery Johnson is the front-runner for the Nets job

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

    The Nets are still talking to other candidates and keeping their options open, but the scuttlebutt is the job is going to Avery Johnson. Even Byron Scott — a man really looking for a chance to return to the NBA, but with almost no chance of returning to New Jersey — thinks so, and that’s…

  21. Nets begin interview process with Avery Johnson

    May 28, 2010, 10:49 AM EST

    Rod Thorn knows what he has — a team with a lot of potential. Good young players (and another coming this draft), an owner with deep pockets, a team on the move this year then really on the move in a couple years to a big market. In a couple of years, the Nets —…

  22. Nets join Bulls, also reach out to Phil Jackson through back door channels

    May 25, 2010, 7:04 PM EST

    UPDATE: 7:04 pm: Rod Thorn, the man with the power in New Jersey, said, “are you kidding me?” Well, not exactly those words, but that is basically what he told FanHouse. “It’s not true,” Thorn said Tuesday in an interview with FanHouse about an ESPN report that said the Nets have made “back-channel inquires” about…

  23. Mikhail Prokhorov says all the right things — with an accent

    May 19, 2010, 6:13 PM EST

    He’s tall, he’s rich, he has an accent and he owns the Nets (at least that’s what we’re calling them for now. He spoke to the media this morning in New York.  

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

    May 19, 2010, 2:52 PM EST

    Mikhail 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…

  25. Nets negotiating to keep Rod Thorn around

    May 18, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

    New Jersey-to-Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is at the NBA Draft Lottery tonight, in town to see just how challenging his team’s road to redemption is — a lottery win tonight makes it a whole lot faster and easier. But he knows who he wants to guide that process regardless — Rod Thorn. Thorn and…

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