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April 16, 2015 Updates

Jack Devine, a retired CIA official and private investigator, writes in his new book, "Good Hunting" about how the NBA had him investigate Mikhail Prokhorov in 2009-10. The vetting included checking whether the Nets prospective owner had ties to the Russian mob. Devine said his team found none after "extensive research," and informed David Stern of same. NetsDaily

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The Russian superstar came back home after three months out of action in the NBA due to family reasons. He signed a short-term contract with CSKA in mid February wanting to win the Euroleague for first time and is ready to finish his career this summer. “I’m happy finally coming back home and it’s a great chance to finish my career at home. That’s probably my last season. I’m still thinking about next year but for this moment I feel like this, that it’s my last season” said Andrei Kirilenko to the Euroleague TV show “Eurofighters” on Canal+. EuroHoops.net

March 18, 2015 Updates
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The founder of the pro-business party Civil Platform, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, has announced that he is quitting the project and suggested that his former comrades decide whether to rename or liquidate it. The announcement was made at the Friday session of the Civil Platform’s consultative body – the Federal Civil Committee – that was called in connection with the growing schism in the party. The latter happened after many Civil Platform activists, including senior party officials, took part in the so-called “Anti-Maidan March” in Moscow – an event held in late February in which over 40,000 people expressed their support for Russian authorities and President Vladimir Putin, and protested against any attempts at regime change in the country by means of so-called “color revolutions.” RT

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And who knows, maybe he can lead Russia to possible glory at Eurobasket, and at the same time book a ticket to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics, where they have a chance to better the bronze medal that they captured in London in 2012. Hosts and reigning European champions France stand in their way though, along with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Israel, Poland and Finland. The group is strong but the Cleveland Cavalier is confident in his own national side’s ability. “The group is very interesting,” Mozgov said. “France is going to play at home and will have a lot of fans supporting them. The other teams are also very competitive but we have also a solid team. The tournament is going to be very nice and a lot of different teams can fight for the title.” TalkBasket

March 1, 2015 Updates
February 27, 2015 Updates

Emiliano Carchia: Khimki will announce Victor Claver very soon (Saturday?). The contract between Claver and @Khimkibasket is till the end of the season Twitter @sportando

February 24, 2015 Updates

And finally Kirilenko himself said about his return: “I am glad to be back to my favorite team, where I played in the beginning of my careeer, then in the middle of it. It’s great that I got this chance and I was happy to use it. I understand that the time has come to think about quitting as a pro player and in my opinion it is better to do it in my dear club’s uniform”. EuroHoops.net

Forward Andrey Kirilenko (34 y.o., 206 cm) will join our team on today’s practice. Famous Russian player who was recently waived by the Philadelphia 76ers signed with CSKA until the end of the season. Media attention! Kirilenko’s press conference will take place today, February 24, at 4:30 pm, in CSKA USH press center (use club’s entrance). The team practice starts at 6:30 pm, media allowed for first 15 minutes. Kirilenko started his pro career in Spartak St. Petersburg in age 16 and took CSKA offer a year after. He spent two years in army team, he was chosen in the first round of NBA draft and signed his first contract with Utah Jazz in 2001. He played for 10 seasons, was an NBA All-Star, led the league in blocked shots and was chosen to NBA All-Defensive Teams. Kirilenko led Team Russia to 2007 Eurobasket gold, taking the MVP honors and FIBA Europe Player of the Year trophy. He helped the team to win the Eurobasket bronze in 2011 taking the All-Tournament team honors. cskabasket.com

February 23, 2015 Updates

Andrei Kirilenko all but confirmed Eurohoops’ report about his return to CSKA Moscow by speaking to Russian newspaper “Sport-Express”. Despite reports about the opposite, he stated that he is ready to return to action. As he said: “If I was finished, I wouldn’t do nothing now and I wouldn’t be ready to sign with a new team. I believe I can still play on the highest level and if I feel that I can’t or that I don’t want to anymore, I will stop the same moment and I will not regret it at all. It’s not only about money, there’s has to be also a motive and a bond. In Minessota and in Utah I had that, but not in Philadelphia. I never understood why the Sixers kept me. For them it was like throwing money down the drain”. EuroHoops.net

Andrei Kirilenko will return to CSKA Moscow after he will clear waivers in the NBA, according to sources. Kirilenko was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers and will return to Europe where he has played in the season 2011-2012 averaging 14.1 points and 7.5 rebounds, in 29.9 minutes per game in 17 Euroleague games. Sportando

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