Brooklyn Nets Rumors
Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is nearing a deal to buy all of the Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets from Bruce Ratner’s Forest City Enterprises, The Post has learned. Prokhorov has been in talks to buy the 55 percent of the arena and 20 percent of the NBA team he does not already own. Under the deal being discussed, he would kick in little cash beyond forgiving the roughly $40 million Forest City owes him to cover team losses, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
A deal with Prokhorov would come after Forest City tried and failed to find an outside buyer in an auction. Prokhorov didn’t make that sale process any easier by withholding financial information, according to sources close to the sale process.
Though Jack is more than confident he will be able to prove his detractors wrong, he’s also aware that no matter what he says now, those questions won’t be answered until the regular season begins. “It does [motivate me], but it’s not like I’ve got the article pinned up on my wall,” Jack said Tuesday after an appearance at a Nets basketball camp in Southampton. “But my thing is that all you can do is show and prove … wait for the opportunities and then take advantage of it, and just help your team win. That’s the only way you’re going to get people to realize it. “When the season comes and I have my opportunities to go out there and show them that I believe different … that’s the response. You don’t have to respond to it, because your play is going to be the response to whatever they think.”
The NBA today released its 2015 preseason schedule that tips off on Friday, Oct. 2 and features three top international teams — Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, Maccabi Haifa, and Paschoalotto/Bauru — traveling to the U.S. for six games against six NBA teams. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, a six-time Turkish League champion, will be the first international team to play in the U.S. this preseason, taking on the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 5 at Barclays Center before meeting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 9 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Tell us about your experience playing for Team Italy. Andrea Bargnani: Playing with the national team is always a big honor for me because I get to represent my country. I am part of a generation of very talented players here in Italy, so playing with them is extremely good for my game because I keep getting better.
What does it mean to you to represent your home country? Andrea Bargnani: The European Championships are always extremely challenging because of the quality of the other teams. So far we didn’t accomplish any big results so everybody in the team is really motivated in trying to do something big this year. At the same time we are all very humble because we know we still haven’t proved anything yet.