September 23, 2009

Russian Billionaire Reaches Deal to Buy Nets: Russian billionaire Mikhail D. Prokhorov has signed a $200 million deal to become the principal owner of the New Jersey Nets and an investor in the team's arena planned in Brooklyn. Prokhorov, 44, is an industrialist with a net worth of $9.5 billion who is 6 foot 8 inches tall. According to a translation of his blog, one of Prokhorov's goals is that "Russia will receive an equal place in the elite world of basketball."

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:44 PM - 11 comments

Dynamo Brooklyn

posted by The_Special_Juan at 06:32 PM on September 23

That's a GREAT name for a team!

And is his height really relevant? I mean I'm that height, but have slightly less in my bank account.

posted by Drood at 06:42 PM on September 23

I mentioned it because he's telling people he can dunk.

posted by rcade at 06:44 PM on September 23

I'd rather see Brooklyn Lokomotiv, Juan.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:14 PM on September 23

Brooklyn Red Army....though The Department of Homeland Insecurity might not be too fond of this one .

posted by tommytrump at 07:20 PM on September 23

His height will come in handy when he's going mano a mano with Mark Cuban at Mavs-Netskys games.

Cuban will probably win the prize when it comes to boris, yeltsin courtside behavior, though.

It's hard to top the Cuban Muzzle Crisis at his own game.

If his Netskys happen to look sluggish during a game, Prokhorov can always urge them on with a classic cheer from the Soviet days:


posted by beaverboard at 10:49 PM on September 23

In Russia, Nets buy you!

posted by wfrazerjr at 12:06 AM on September 24

He's gotta call 'em the New Jersey Nyets.

posted by rcade at 01:03 AM on September 24

Ah, the oligarchs are coming. So that means it's only six years until the Nets are banned from all trades and draft picks.

posted by etagloh at 03:58 AM on September 24

I wonder if Guus Hiddink is a good basketball coach.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:23 AM on September 24

Keep them out of Brooklyn. I don't care who owns them.

posted by josher71 at 11:47 AM on September 24

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