Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 10:55 am  |  18 responses

Mikhail Prokhorov Calls James Dolan ‘That Little Man’

There’s a big feature about the Nets moving to Brooklyn and the whole mess that’s accompanying them up on NYmag.com this morning, but here’s a solid nugget: Nets owner/Russian multi-billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov refers to Knicks owner/American multimillionaire as “that little man,” which is some quality owner-to-owner trash talk. Here’s some more info on the total rebrand of the Nets organization: “The Nets are trying to make you forget they ever were in New Jersey. Everything about the team now screams premium. The centerpiece is Jay-Z, who has been intimately involved in glitzing up the operation, from polishing the logo to redesigning the uniforms to choosing which forks are used in the private suites. The Nets are rebranding with Jay-Z class. They are more about the ambience than the food. (Though—and Ratner wants to make sure you know this—they are bringing in all sorts of Brooklyn cuisine to the concessions.) In addition to the Vault, there’s also the Legends Lounge on the Main Concourse and the signature Barclays Center feature, the ‘Loft Suites.’ These are private boxes like any other private box at an arena, but with fewer seats (ten), thus making it (theoretically) more affordable for smaller businesses. (By ‘theoretically,’ I mean ‘$275,000 for the season.’) The loft-suite licenses also provide ‘use of the suite on nonevent dates.’ The team says over 80 percent of its corporate boxes have been sold already. The one corporate box that’s off-limits? The ‘Prokhorov Suite,’ sitting at the center bowl of the arena, larger than any other private box and reserved for the mercurial Russian owner. (Prokhorov told me back in December that he plans on attending a quarter of the regular-season games and ‘all the playoff ones.’ He also made sure that I heard him call Dolan ‘that little man.’) The Nets frequently note that a minimum of 2,000 seats a game will cost $15 or less, at least for the first season. Still, it’s clear that the Nets did not move to Brooklyn to be Pepsi to Jim Dolan’s Coke: They want to be Veuve Clicquot.”

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  • Greg

    “playoff games”? For the Nets??? hahahaha

  • LA Huey

    The trash talk is amusing and I look forward to more of it. Though it’s mildly ironic that the principle owner of the team is making these comments when Jay-Z’s as recognizable an owner with his paltry stake.

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danpowers

    ive heard prokhorov is almost 6’7” so he was maybe only talking about height lol

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Greg, have you seen the rest of the teams in the East? The Nets making the playoffs is not that farfetched…Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries an Brook Lopez make a solid starting line up.

  • LA Huey

    Orlando isn’t making it back to the playoffs. So there’s a spot up for grabs.

  • http://leitch.tumblr.com Will Leitch

    I do feel obliged to point out that I’m pretty sure Prokhorov was referring specifically to Dolan’s height. Though everyone must look like that to him.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nets are making the playoffs, no question whatsoever. They’re already better than the Hawks were last year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    nets could be top 4 in the east

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danpowers

    the hawks will most likely play for the 7-8th spot or worse coz now they got no scorer. theyd only be still as good as they used to if horford could take his game to the next level and put up smth like 15-20ppg + 10+ rpg which i dont really see comming. orlando is out of the playoff picture for the next couple of years and some of the playoff aspirants like milwaukee, indiana or philly look good but not really stronger than the nets. so i dont see any reason why this nets team shouldnt compete for spots 4-6 in the east, if major injuries spare them.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Did someone just scoff at the idea of the Nets making the playoffs?
    This is 2012 bro, they are a 5th seed at worse.

  • http://nba.com/knicks danpowers

    1st miami 2nd boston 3rd new york 4th chicago 5th brooklyn 6th philadelphia 7th indiana + teams competiung for the 8th spot – atlanta / milwaukee and maybe also cleveland / washington

  • Cole

    @Danpowers They have no scorer? Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are all-stars that can put up 30 on any given night.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Cole – learn to read. He was talking about Atlanta.

  • http://nba.com/knicks danpowers

    @cole: read what Hursty wrote. then please read my post again. the nets will be an offensive powerhouse if they can make that starting lineup gel

  • Phil the thrill

    Dolan has been getting trashed by ethnics lately, lol!

  • roscoe

    Forget Broklyn, NY, & BOS if Bynum stays healthy the sixers are going to be the east’s second best team.

  • heartlandG

    ^ word I think Bynum gon show out, cuzz can FINALLY spread his wangs…Philly gon be sumthin serious ((Lakers > errythang tho))