Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov doesn’t speak to the media often, but when he does, it’s a virtual certainty that he’ll rattle off some braggadocio.
So in light of this summer’s proceedings, when Jason Kidd reportedly made a power play in the Nets organization, then fled (via trade) to his soft-landing spot in Milwaukee, it was a safe bet to expect that the Russian billionaire would say something mildly intriguing.
After noting that the Nets’ yearly operating loss of $144 million was not a big deal, the owner went on to add that the Nets should look to “get even” with Kidd on the court.
From the AP story on the matter,
The bachelor has often said he would get married if the Nets didn’t meet his five-year plan (of winning an NBA championship), and he said he hasn’t begun the search for a bride.
“By the way, we have lost George Clooney, I think that is enough for this year,” Prokhorov said.
ESPN.com had reported that the Nets’ basketball operations department lost $144 million last season.
“It’s not a big deal just because I personally compensated this money from my pocket and that’s why I will keep the structure for the time being,” Prokhorov said.
Kidd spent one season as Brooklyn coach before the Nets let him leave to coach the Milwaukee Bucks after he sought more power within the organization.
Asked why the Nets agreed to trade Kidd to the Bucks, Prokhorov said: “There is a nice proverb in English. Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord has split you.”
“I think we shouldn’t get mad, I think we should get even and we’ll see it on the court,” Prokhorov added.
If you want to hear Prokhorov’s words with your own ears, here is the clip, recorded by NBA.com’s John Schuhmann.
The Nets and Bucks will play four times this season. Their first matchup is two weeks away in Brooklyn on November 19, and the first game in Milwaukee takes place February 9.