HoopsHype Irina Pavlova rumors

June 30, 2014 Updates

A source close to the situation confirmed that Kidd had met Friday with the Bucks in New York after the Nets granted permission. This after he went to a press conference the day before at which he thanked Nets ownership and said he was “honored” to coach a team with the “best facilities in the world.” Irina Pavlova, the president of Mikhail Prokhorov’s Onexim Sports, said she was excited about the job Kidd did last season and was happy to provide him a “worthy” practice facility in Brooklyn, one that will cost about $50 million. New York Daily News

May 27, 2014 Updates

The Nets will soon unveil their plans for a practice facility in Brooklyn's Industry City, a $45 million rehab of the top two floors of a 100-year-old industrial warehouse, complete with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan. Irina Pavlova, president of ONEXIM Sports and Mikhail Prokhorov's representative in New York, heads up the project, working with David Carlock, a member of the Barclays Center board of directors and an arena consultant. NetsDaily

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Toko Shengelia and his wife, Salome Jugeli, are enjoying their first day of marriage Monday. The two were married Sunday in Mshteka, just north of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in the foothills of the Caucuses Mountains. Irina Pavlova, president of ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment, represented the Nets at the wedding, which took place in the 900-year-old Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, mother church of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Both wore traditional Georgian dress. "it was incredible and very very touching!" said Pavlova, who provided photographs to NetsDaily. "I'm so glad I went!! They are totally adorable together, crazy in love." NetsDaily

September 20, 2013 Updates

Brett Yormark told ITAR-TASS, the Russian news agency, that the Nets' acquisition of Andrei Kirilenko will help him market the team both in Russia and the Russian-speaking neighborhoods of New York. Russia, along with China, are the Nets top marketing targets overseas, he added. Yormark, in Moscow with Kirilenko and Irina Pavlova, said that the Nets are working with Adidas to get Kirilenko jerseys on the shelves in Russia as soon as possible and pointed to plans to use AK-47 in selling the team in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, home of 100,000 Russian speakers. "We have a desire to [market] a large number of products in Russian and geared towards Andrei Kirilenko. I think that soon the Russian fans will able to fulfill this dream," said the Nets CEO when asked about Kirilenko jerseys. NetsDaily

September 13, 2013 Updates

The Nets had a harder time selling the team in Russia than you would think, despite having the first Russian and European owner. The lament was always if you only had a Russian player. Now, the Nets have not only any Russian player, but Andrei Kirilenko, they are trying again. Kirilenko, Irina Pavlova and Brett Yormark will head overseas next week and make the rounds of media and sports "influencers" not so much to sell sponsorships, but to re-introduce the team now that it has one of Russia's greatest player son its roster. NetsDaily

July 31, 2013 Updates

Literary devices aside, Simmons takes his shot at the Nets by highlighting the bargain basement acquisition of Andrei Kirilenko and suggesting alternative rationales for the Russian star to give up $10 million from the Timberwolves for $3 million from the Nets ... and Mikhail Prokhorov. "The scariest moment of the offseason: Andrei Kirilenko opting out of $10.2 million guaranteed for one more Minnesota season so he could sign with Brooklyn for $6.2 million over two years. Some NBA peeps are convinced that AK47 either (a) got paid under the table by Russian comrade Mikhail Prokhorov, (b) got charmed by the overwhelmingly charming Irina Pavlova into signing a bad deal, (c) secretly hired the agent Monta Ellis fired, or (d) made the decision while being dangled upside down from a Moscow helicopter at 10,000 feet." Simmons later concludes after considering all the possibilities, "I think they dangled him upside down from a helicopter." NetsDaily

But what about his thing with Irina. As any long time reader of NetsDaily knows, she has been very helpful to Nets fans and once posted comments on this very site. So we asked for her reaction. Here it is...as always, she is gracious, certainly more gracious than we would be. "Very nice of him... Obviously (b) is the only reasonable answer and therefore must be correct," the president of ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment emailed us. "I'm gonna a have a hard time arguing with Bill over anything after this.. :-)" NetsDaily

April 30, 2013 Updates

In an extensive interview with a Russian business magazine, Irina Pavlova says that while the Nets aren't making money (yet), the value of the team is now between $700 and $800 million, up from the $220 million Mikhail Prokhorov laid out in 2010. "When we bought the team, player salaries were much lower," Pavlova told Finparty. "We know that it is virtually impossible for the team to earn (a profit) annually. This can be done only by selling it. Since our move to Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Nets value has increased by 2.5 to 3 times. The (original) deal was estimated at $220 million, now it is worth $ 700-800 million. Forbes recently estimated us at $ 530 million, but it's has since been announced that the Sacramento Kings could be sold at a price above $ 500 million." NetsDaily

Pavlova declined comment when asked if Prokhorov might be interested in buying the remainder of the team --he owns 80 percent of the team as well as 45 percent of the arena operating company. "This question should be addressed to Mikhail Dmitrievich, but I do not see much point in it. Mr. Prokhorov is the principal owner of the team, and he controls it." NetsDaily

Asked if she believes in Prokhorov's vision of a championship by 2015, she responded, "Yes, I believe. I am obliged to do it by position, but as a fan I too believe," she told reporter Guzel Gubeydullina. "Mikhail made a promise in 2010, so we have two more years. This year we go to the playoffs, so I think it's all real. Here, of course, a lot of components - health, injury, an element of luck. But this goal is achievable." NetsDaily

February 14, 2013 Updates
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The Nets will be represented up front on stage by Irina Pavlova, the president of owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s Onexim Sports and Entertainment USA. Milton Lee, the Nets GM for Minor League Operations, will be in the back room. GM Billy King should be sitting in the audience, ready to cuss out the whole process if the Nets land out of the top three. New York Post

January 21, 2012 Updates

Prokhorov, who hasn’t attended a Nets game in almost a year, downplayed any change in his ownership duties as status quo. After holding his famous Carmelo Anthony press conference during a three-game homestretch in January of last year, Prokhorov has not made an appearance at the Rock — apologizing in a statement for not coming to the home opener last month. “Even now I’m more on the strategy side than the day-to-day routine and I never interfere in my manager’s job,” he told Reuters. In addition to GM Billy King and Avery Johnson, Prokhorov has two business associates — Irina Pavlova and Christophe Charlier —overseeing the Nets' day-to-day operation. New York Daily News

November 29, 2011 Updates

If real estate mogul Bruce Ratner and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov are the faces of the New York-bound basketball franchise, Gilmartin and Irina Pavlova are the feet on the ground, clearing the way. As EVP of Forest City Ratner Companies, Gilmartin manages development of the near $1 billion arena, which anchors the larger $4.9 billion, 22-acre Atlantic Yards project in the heart of Brooklyn. Pavlova represents the interests of Prokhorov, the minority owner of the arena and majority owner of the Nets, its major tenant. Together, they are changing the landscape of the borough and female power players in the business of sports. Forbes.com

Spearheading the excitement over the 18,000-seat arena, Pavlova, 41, gets a live video feed of construction on her desktop and gushes that she cheers so hard at Nets’ home games she loses her voice. The Russian-American has dual citizenship, speaks five languages (with varying levels of fluency) and has worked all over the world. She started her career at Prudential in New York, and in 2005 launched the Moscow office of Google. In 2010, the chief executive of Onexim, Prokhorov’s company, told Pavlova over a casual dinner about a little deal with an American team, and asked if she’d be interested in “keeping an eye on things” in the States. “I don’t know a thing about basketball,” she said, but soon agreed. And she learned quick. “It took me a few months to get my hands around the business and get comfortable with how things work,” Pavlova says with a subtle accent. “I’ve learned it’s tickets, sponsorships and suite sales. It’s not rocket science.” Forbes.com

Both women insist that construction and ticket sales are on schedule for the 2012-2013 season. Half of the 100 suites have been sold, and Pavlova says the Nets are steadily gaining Brooklynites while holding on to much of the core New Jersey base. The steel frame is 92% erected, the weathered-steel façade panels are going up, risers are in place and a new transit entrance for nine subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road is underway. The roof will be finished in the first quarter of 2012, allowing the interior work to begin. “When you announce the first concert,” says Gilmartin, “you had better be prepared to open.” Beyond basketball, the venue will host 200 events annually, kicking off with a Jay-Z concert on Sept. 28. “He’s the best spokesperson that you can have,” Pavlova says of Jay-Z, a minority Nets stakeholder who this year announced the team’s name change. “He is a Brooklyn icon. Having him on board has been a huge positive.” Forbes.com

January 13, 2011 Updates

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