Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  19 responses

Mikhail Prokhorov Moves on to ‘Plan B’

UPDATE: Billy King hired by the Nets.

He and the Nets failed to land a marquee free agent this summer, but Prokhorov remains optimistic. From Nets Daily (h/t reader Gerard): “As for free agency, he says the Nets’ Plan ‘A’ was limited to three players–LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Once they were gone, the team moved to Plan ‘B’, giving young players ‘the best chance for progress’ while preparing for ‘any opportunities on the market’. He understands fans’ concerns, but adds, ‘I want to reassure you that all of the goals we have set for our team will be achieved.’ As for the ideal candidate for team president, Prokhorov said he should ‘be respected in the League, very ambitious and able to work well with Avery Johnson’ who he described as ‘a killer coaching coach’. Finally, when asked about improving fan experience in Newark, Prokhorov planted tongue firmly in cheek and responded, ‘We’re looking at hiring the Red Army choir to perform at half-time along with Russia’s top dancing bear collective. Not to mention the Russian spies recently sent back to Moscow. We will be organizing their comeback tour to Newark. I’m sure it will be a great hit.”‘

UPDATE: “Plan B” apparently involves hiring Billy King to run the show. Yikes: “Breaking: Billy King accepts Nets’ executive position, will be named @ Thursday press conference.”

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  • Fat Joe


  • The Philosopher

    All about “progression”.
    Shout out to the Rothschilds.

  • LA Huey

    They did well. They didn’t panic and give Outlaw and Iggy/Deng type contract. They’ll get better this year and retained flexibility for the future.

  • LA Huey

    Also, they didn’t get Pritchard?!? I hope GState gets Pritch when the new owner comes in. A small ray of sunshine…

  • Yesse

    I think Mikhail is in the wrong country. People in Newark watching russian dancers? Gotta see this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    It’s ok. They just signed the best shooter in the NBA…

  • WangChung

    Plan B: Acquire young talent to trade for stars down the line.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    thanks for posting it Marcel. In another interview someone asked him what he’ll do to punish himself when he fails to deliver a championship in 5 years. Proky’s answer? “I’ll get married”

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    @LAHuey..THATS CAUSE OUTLAW aint as good as Iggy or Luol Deng…and Joahn Petro´s 10 mil, wtf??? Avery Johnson is runnin that show, Billy King is just a yes man to him.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    Prokhorov actually believed that a superstar NBA player somehow wanted to suffocate his career in New Jersey.


  • JD

    lol this guys so funny its true that thats how many americans think of the Russians 2 hes my favourite owner

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Billy King ruined the 76ers and will ruin the Nets. Lol

  • ClydeSays

    Billy King? Gah. Can’t one NY area bb team be semi competant?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    They had to settle for King cause not too many GM candidates out there wanna deal with Avery.

  • Mitya

    I heard, from pretty reliable sources, that he’s gay.

  • Cam Jones

    Ok how the hell is Kevin Pritchard not working but Billy King working for one of the coolest owners in the league. See this is why normal people don’t run teams, because our decisions would make too much sense lol

  • Dillan

    If the Red army choir does perform, I’m a nets fan!

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    It doesn’t matter what Mikhail does to achieve world domination. James Bond will stop him.

  • http://twitter.com/darrellma dma

    How is he going to ruin the Nets? They won like 10 games last year. They can only go up.