Team Prokhorov

Pierce: It all begins with the owner

"You have to have ownership, you have to put together ownership and the people that’s really excited about winning," Paul Pierce told DIME "You can tell by the way the owner has opened the pocketbook."

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Toko and Sali get married in Tbilisi

Toko Shengelia and his wife Sali are enjoying their first day of marriage Monday. The two were married Sunday in Mshteka, just north of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in the foothills of the Caucuses Mountains.

Coon: Nets only big winner in CBA

Larry Coon, salary cap guru, says that in the third year of the collective bargaining agreement there is but one winner ... and for one reason. That would be the Nets and Mikhail Prokhorov's wallet. Big loser: Kevin Durant's team.

AK-47 permits Nets to go all-in on Russian market

Brett Yormark told ITAR-TASS, the Russian news agency, that the Nets' acquisition of Andrei Kirilenko will help him market the team both in Russia and the Russian-speaking neighborhoods of New York. Russia, along with China, are top Nets targets

Jay Z sells Barclays Center stake as well as Nets

After selling his stake in the Nets, Jay Z will sell his slightly larger stake in the arena for $1.5 million or more. The rap mogul reportedly paid $1 million for interests in the team and arena.

Prokhorov lets Ratner off on Nets losses

Forbes reports that Mikhail Prokhorov recently decided against enforcing his ownership agreement with Bruce Ratner. The decision permits Ratner to keep his ownership stake in the Nets despite not funding losses as had been previously agreed.

NBA investigated Kirilenko signing, found nothing

Fred Kerber reports that at least one NBA owner requested a probe into the Nets signing of Andrei Kirilenko. The league undertook a thorough investigation but found no wrongdoing. It's the first indication that the NBA investigated the signing.

Prokhorov: no guarantee I won't be arrested

The biggest threat to the Nets long-term success is less likely to be from Miami but from Moscow ... and Vladimir Putin. In an interview with the New York Times, Mikhail Prokhorov admits that his political ambitions could lead to his arrest.

When Stern forced Prokhorov, Dolan to play nice

Fred Kerber reports that early last season, the jousting between his two New York-based owners had become so ugly that he forced Mikhail Prokhorov and James Dolan to have lunch and make peace. Apparently, it worked.

Prokhorov leaving Russian politics for the Nets?!

Mikhail Prokhorov reacted strongly Monday to reports that he's about to leave politics, stepping aside after the Kremlin has successfully thwarted his election bids. "I'm not going anywhere," he said. Others think he's chosen the Nets over politics.

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