Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 9:20 am  |  14 responses

‘Mike’ Prokhorov Set to Be Approved

by Marcel Mutoni

Here’s what we know about Mikhail Prokhorov — international man of mystery that he is — to date: he’s unfathomably rich, he enjoys dangerous-looking water sports, and he will let absolutely nothing get in the way of a good lunch (certainly not the cost.)

As per schedule, Prokhorov met with David Stern and company yesterday in New York, and judging by the celebratory (and wildly expensive) lunch following the meeting, things must’ve gone really well.

The Russian billionaire dropped close to $20,000 for himself and six of his closest buddies at a trendy Gotham restaurant. If there’s something the Nets can count on going forward, it’s that they won’t ever go hungry.

The AP has Stern’s reaction to meeting his soon-to-be new partner, “Mike”:

NBA commissioner David Stern said that Mikhail Prokhorov, who has a deal to buy 80 percent of the Nets, had a positive introduction with NBA owners during their two-day Board of Governors meetings. Prokhorov introduced himself as “Mike” and told owners of his interests in business and basketball.

“The review process is incomplete and the documents are not finalized,” Stern said. “That said, we haven’t surfaced anything that has caused us to have a negative opinion of him. We’re not finished.” But Stern said, ‘We’re looking forward to the completion of that transaction.”

Welcome to America, Mike. Let’s do lunch sometime.

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  • Bobbo

    He is…the most interesting man in the world.

  • http://lucianogalassonba.tumblr.com Lu Galasso

    I’m excited about the “Mike” era. Limitless possibilities.

  • Lori

    Who needs LeBron? The Nets have never looked so good. This should be interesting!! Brooklyn Nets…gangsta. LOL!

  • neaorin

    Upon reading this story Eddy Curry requested to be traded to the Nets.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    As a Nets, the preseason is horrible, but I’m excited for the (near) future. I like what we have now with Harris, Lopez, Terrence Williams Chris Douglas-Roberts. In fact, I’m really impressed with Douglas-Roberts right now, keeping my eye on him (word to you fantasy owners out there, he will be a starter for the Nets, but is listed 300 something in the ESPN draft- ultimate sleeper pick). And with Russian Mike entering the scene, the move to Brooklyn is imminent. This season won’t be easy, but I just have to keep channeling my inner Five Stairsteps: things are gonna be easier.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    “International Man of Mystery” should be his official nickname! And WOW. That is quite the expensive bill for a meal. And here I am packing lunch every now and then to save money…

  • X

    money talks. stern shut up.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    niQ: I hear ya man. Packing lunch… we just have to do it! Prokhorov got the G’s, I just slice the cheese.

  • LA Huey

    i hope the IMM (i’m supporting you, niQ) era makes the nets competitive and interesting. always good to have young blood amongst the owners.

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    young money cash money

  • mike

    he speaks russian in french

  • NBA kid

    People hang on his every word, even the prepositions
    He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels
    His reputation is expanding faster than the universe
    Cmon! This guy actually might be the most interesting man in the world!

  • wilz

    neaorin wins

  • wilz

    neaorin wins