HoopsHype Mikhail Prokhorov rumors

September 26, 2013 Updates

Knicks owner James Dolan finally took a question about his Knicks, but wouldn’t say if they are better than the Nets, instead lauding the budding rivalry. Dolan said it should push the teams to “greater heights.’’ Dolan, sporting a beard, appeared on the dais Wednesday at the NBA’s announcement All-Star Weekend will be shared in 2015 by the Knicks and Nets, with the Garden getting the main event. New York Post

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September 23, 2013 Updates

Prokhorov has committed $185 million to the 2013-14 roster, and when he said previously that the luxury tax was not a concern, he meant it. He really, really meant it. "When I bought the team, I promised to create a championship contender, a team worthy of Brooklyn," Prokhorov told news reporters. "I'll be proud when we win the championship. I am not a man of procedure. I am a man of results. "We need a championship team. For me, it's not the way to wait 10 years for results. I don't think our fans will either. I'm willing to invest more to make Brooklyn the best in the league." USA Today Sports

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The Nets have not only added to its assistant coaches. They've hired two new regional college scouts and additional staff as well. Among the hires: the brother of assistant GM Frank Zanin, who had been advance scout for the Clippers. The addition of T.J Zanin and Eddie Oran brings to eight the number of scouts on the Nets staff. They fill new positions, don't replace anyone. The Nets had previously announced that Jim Sann would return to the team as advance scout. When Mikhail Prokhorov took control of the Nets in May 2010, the Nets had three scouts. NetsDaily

August 29, 2013 Updates

“Your body should be soft like water,” Mr. Prokhorov, 48, explained as he rounded his 6-foot-8 frame and then, improbably, rolled on his back along the top of a hardwood bench. If he grimaced, nobody saw it. “When you were a child, you knew how to relax and roll,” he went on. “If even one muscle tenses, you will get hurt. Be like water. At first, it is uncomfortable for you, but then it will become uncomfortable for your opponent.” New York Times

Igor M. Bunin, president of the Center for Political Technologies, a political and business consultancy in Moscow, said Mr. Prokhorov is calibrating his political ambitions to avoid too open a challenge to Mr. Putin, in spite of provocative arrests of his candidates. Sometimes, his approach seems dry. Civic Platform, for example, has been derided as a “party of lawyers.” “He is speaking between the lines,” Mr. Bunin said. “He is saying he is an alternative to Putin, a possible successor. But he cannot commit to a stronger, more confrontational strategy. This is limiting his potential.” New York Times

Mr. Prokhorov said his goal in regional elections is a second-place finish in the City Council in Togliatti and solid enough results elsewhere to form factions in regional legislatures. This, he said, would lay the foundation for a solid showing by his party in parliamentary elections in 2016. New York Times

August 27, 2013 Updates
August 26, 2013 Updates

Russian billionaire-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorov on Monday dismissed as a “media hoax” rumors that he would soon quit politics. The Izvestia daily said Monday, citing sources close to Prokhorov, that the billionaire was about to leave his Civil Platform party and was looking for a possible successor. The party’s press service refused to comment. “Various media hoaxes do not surprise me anymore. They [the media] have been saying goodbye to me ever since I entered politics. I’m not going anywhere. I will remain in politics,” Prokhorov said. He also confirmed intentions to run in elections to the Moscow legislature in 2014. RIA Novosti

August 16, 2013 Updates

Mikhail Prokhorov: If someone wants to check out our accounting department - please check. "Brooklyn" has nothing to hide, we are acting within the law. And the whispers around me never worried me. I know that everything is done correctly. And now I will try with Andrei to be the first Russian to win the NBA title. This will be the best advertisement for our country in the Americas. NetsDaily

August 8, 2013 Updates

Still, Silver isn’t ready to say the system isn’t working because the Nets are willing to go to places where, apparently, few other team are in terms of their payroll. I think before, even as someone who was and is a proponent of a harder tax, I don’t want to declare the sky is falling yet because they are doing what is permissible under the rules,” Silver said. “There were only certain players they were able to spend that money on. “Does it give a team a competitive advantage when they have the ability to spend far more than other teams?” Silver said. “Absolutely.” ... And it’s something we pointed out to the union in bargaining, “There’s a correlation between the ability to spend and success on the court,” he continued. “It’s far from a perfect correlation, however, so we’ll see how it plays out. “But, so far, they are playing by the rules, and we’ll see whether that brings them the success they are hoping for.” New York Post

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