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Mikhail Prokhorov appeared on "Good Day New York," FOX 5's morning program, Friday. Accompanied by his sister, Irina, he was there ostensibly to talk about his foundation's $1 million gift to the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Friday's opening of Barclays Center. But he couldn't avoid a dig at the Knicks...again.
Rosanna Scotto asked the Nets owner, "Mr. Prokhorov, are the Nets ready to take on the Knicks?" Prokhorov squinted, pretending not to understand the question. "Excuse me, what is the name?" he asked. Then, he lit up in mock recognition. "Ah, oh, Knicks. Yes, I've heard about this second team in New York." Turning serious (?), he added, "I think we're getting to where we will have an epic rivalry. It will be great for the fans, for the basketball. I think really, the coming of the arena and team to Brooklyn, we can put finally put New York on the map. It's about time." Prokhorov will appear on "Charlie Rose" next week.
It turns out Prokhorov was not alone in dissing the Knicks. Tim Bontemps reports that late Thursday night, after attending the opening of Jay-Z's 40/40 club inside Barclays Center Andray Blatche tweeted, "NYC the nets is yours no longer the Knicks."
- The Mikhail Prokhorov Fund (Video) - Rosanna Scotto - FOX5 NY
- Prokhorov: Knicks are NYC's second team - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Nets owner, newcomer take shots at Knicks - Tim Bontemps - New York Post