Dmitry Razumov Rumors
The Brooklyn Nets will begin formally interviewing candidates for their general manager vacancy on Monday, sources told ESPN.com. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will be in attendance, as will the other members of the team’s GM search committee: Nets chairman of the board of directors Dmitry Razumov, trusted Russian basketball confidant Sergey Kushchenko, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Brett Yormark and president of ONEXIM Sports & Entertainment Irina Pavlova.
Both Mikhail Prokhorov and Nets chairman Dmitry Razumov, were both in town Tuesday for the Nets-Heat, Prokhorov sitting in his suite and Razumov courtside. He had planned to attend Sunday’s Thunder game but a blizzard intervened. No one is saying what’s up, but one possibility is that the Nets are getting serious about their GM search. Interviews maybe.
All indications are the Nets, with a search committee including Board of Directors chairman Dmitry Razumov, board member Sergey Kushchenko, CEO Brett Yormark and Irina Pavlova, president of Onexim Sports and Entertainment, want candidates with extensive NBA experience. Calipari’s first tenure with the Nets ended disastrously, and he has tweeted out his intentions to remain at Kentucky. As one NBA type said, “The longer the search goes, the more Calipari becomes an option.”
Prokhorov and his chief basketball lieutenant, Dmitry Razumov, approved every move, making them just as culpable for this debacle. (Razumov, according to league sources, also played a major role in the Pierce-Garnett deal.) Yet there was no sense of reflection or remorse from the owner.
Those who have spoken to the Nets recently believe the search for replacements will be run by Dmitry Razumov, Prokhorov’s right hand man, and Irina Pavlova, who runs the U.S. wing of Prokhorov’s investment vehicle. It was Razumov, for example, that was the driving force in hiring Jason Kidd in 2013.
In an email, Silver wrote that Prokhorov “and his partner, Dmitry Razumov, have told me that they intend to be more involved in the management of the franchise throughout the transition and moving forward.” When Prokhorov first appeared as a rescue operator for Bruce C. Ratner’s cash-starved ownership in New Jersey, he was described by Ettore Messina, a former CSKA coach, as a hands-off owner. “He says, ‘I select the specialists, they do their job, and at the end I evaluate,’ ” said Messina, now an assistant coach on Popovich’s San Antonio staff and perhaps a contender for the Nets job next season. “In the four years I was there, he never made a call on basketball.”