The day after the Nets traded Vince Carter,SI's Ian Thomsen wrote that the Nets were for sale, naming Vinny Viola and Mikhail Prokhorov as likely bidders. Hours later, Prokhorov flatly denied any interest. Not long after that, however, Ratner approached Prokhorov about the Nets. Now, the two are hinting it was the SI piece that sparked their first meeting three weeks later in Moscow...and their Brooklyn marriage.
- When Bruce Met Mikhail: The Backstory on the Nets-Atlantic Yards Deal - Eliot Brown - New York Observer
- Mikhail Prokhorov Bought the Nets Because He Read That He Bought the Nets - Tatyana Bokova-Foley - Russia!