Friday, September 18th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  22 responses

Russian Billionaire Wants to Buy the Nets

From Russia, with boatloads of money: “The developer Bruce C. Ratner, who received final state approval Thursday to build an $800 million arena in Brooklyn for the Nets, is inching closer to selling a majority stake in the team to a Russian billionaire, according to two executives briefed on the negotiations … The executives said that Mikhail Prokhorov, one of the richest men in Russia and an avid sports fan, is the leading contender to buy a majority stake in the team and in the planned arena at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues.”

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  • Yann Blavec’s wife’s husband

    Cool. Brooklyn, here we are.

  • http://slamonline.com ben osborne

    This doesn’t portend well for my newark plans.

  • http://slamonline.com mutoni

    Moscow, we go hard.

  • larrylegend

    does that mean, lbj will come to the nets next year and will play in russia after that…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    The Netskis. Great.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Is that the same guy who pays Diana to play for his team in offseason?

  • http://www.nextgg.com DMC14

    and AK47 to the nets too

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    LOL @ the Netskis. That is funny sh!t.

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Haha Farmer wins

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    in other sports, Russian team owners usually aren’t bad for team succes. But: in other sports, there’s also no such thing as a salary cap. The guy will definitely flinch when he finds out about that little obstacle in his plan to buy all the best NBA players.

  • d.j.

    ha, it would be tight if just was so rich that he didnt give a damn about the luxury tax and just signed everybody anyways, like abramovich did with Chelsea

  • hillbilly

    The New Jersey Nyets.

  • hillbilly

    Or, would that be too obvious in light of their less than stellar track record?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I will concede that Brighton Beach denizens will be happy.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    First he needs to put out a Jay-Z diss track to make this more interesting…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Klav

    Anybody think their name is gonna change when they go Brooklyn? Netskis was a good look though.

  • Josh D

    This can’t be bad for the Nets i mean, look at Chelsea in the Premier League in Football they’ve got a Russian Billionaire as there owner and look what happened to them

  • http:///realcavsfans.com Anton

    In Soviet Jersey, money spends you!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Reviving Kirilenko like in Rocky 4 to play alongside LeBron’rade Jamesokolov.
    & in Soviet Jersey, those jerseys reverse too.
    James 23 Cavs, James 23 Nets, big seller.

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    LMAO I read antons line while drinking water Anton wins fo sho

  • http://replicajewelry.mylivepage.com/wiki eronne

    Mikhail Prokhorov is such a crafty businessman, maybe this is not all he want.
    watch for his next move

    While all the nets fans are exciting about this, because the movement may lead nets to be the richest club in the league.

  • dropstep

    new money
    A fool and his money.

    America will sell out to the highest bidder