The cover of the latest issue of Details Magazine offers an intriguing line, "Who's the richest 6-foot-8 playboy in the NBA? Hint: He's an Owner." And yes, it's Mikhail Prokhorov, interviewed by a writer for the mens' magazine, whose October issue is not yet online...but can be found on newstands (even in the New York subways.)
He spoke about whether he'll miss New Jersey, rapping with Jay-Z and what he appreciates in women. Here's some excerpts.
Anything you'll miss about Jersey?
The word miss is not part of my vocabulary
Do you expect a better season from Kris Humphries with the Kim Kardashian drama behind him?
I've already given my opinion on this. I'm always on the side of my players.
There's been talk that you and Jay-Z plan to rap together at the opening of Barclays Center. Are you a hip-hop fan?
I respect rap greatly but don't consider myself a fan. Regarding my performance on Russian TV, it was a complete surprise when I was asked to rap. But when I seet my something, I always achieve great heights. So I don't think it would be fair to rap with Jay--I could cause irreparable damage to his professional career.
How do you answer critics who say you couldn't have run without Kremlin approval?
People always accuse em of being a "Kremlin project." I always tell them that, in fact, I'm my parents' project --and my entire life, I've always been No. 1, never No. 2. And I am too old to change that now.
If you are ever elected president of Russia, will there be a First Lady?
Of course, her name is Russia.
At 47, you're widely known as Russia's No. 1 bachelor and an admirer of female beauty?
Is that a bad thing?
Not at all. What do you look for in a woman?
First of all, I'm not really considered the most eligible bachelor anymore, because everyone has already given up hope that I might ever get married. Regarding the most important trait in a woman, I would answer with the words of Oscar Wilde: "Woman are meant to be loved, not to be understood."
Prokhorov isn't quoted on the Nets upcoming season or James Dolan (those are always our favorites.) He reveal his favorite rock groups, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.