Mikhail Prokhorov Rumors
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports betting on Monday. But long before that, Nets ownership had already started mulling how to cash in when the inevitable happened and legal wagering became a reality.
“The ruling opens up a lot of potential,” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said. “Once we see the decision enacted in terms of legislation, we will look at the best way to maximize its benefits for our fans and enhance value for the Nets and our venues.”
Specifically, Marks talked to ESPN 101.3 in Boston Monday about how the Nets did have a long-term plan in place that included a bid for Kevin Durant! He also offers a less-than- veiled criticism of Mikhail Prokhorov for not wanting to pay “substantial” luxury taxes after the 2013-14 season. Marks laid out the Nets thinking as they worked on the deal, noting Brooklyn was in a “win-now” mode and Boston wasn’t. It was Marks, then assistant GM to Billy King, and Mike Zarren, Danny Ainge’s No. 2, who handled the nuts and bolts of the deal. “I thought that when we did the deal, I thought we would have a championship level team in 13-14, would be a playoff team in 14-15 and then, when the cap spike came in 2016, we’d in a good position to get a Kevin Durant or one of these marquee free agents just based on past success and we were all wrong,” offered Marks. “We misjudged the trade big time.”
Grigory Rodchenkov responded to a defamation suit on Monday, countersuing several Russian Olympians and taking aim at the oligarch who is partly financing their legal fight: Mikhail D. Prokhorov, the controlling owner of the N.B.A.’s Brooklyn Nets.
Dr. Rodchenkov’s countersuit is likely to seek in depositions the names of the others who are financing the lawsuit against him, as well as information on the assets of Mr. Prokhorov, who this spring sold 49 percent of his stake in the Nets but remains the team’s controlling owner.