Last June, SI's Ian Thomsen broke the news that Mikhail Prokhorov was interested in the Nets. In an interview with Thomsen, David Stern notes why the NBA welcomes the Russian billionaire--and a Chinese investor in the Cavs. He calls it the "second branch" of NBA globalization. Why's that matter? As Thomsen writes, "it opens the league to new waves of cash with the prospect of raising the prices of NBA franchises."
- 5 Means to a Global Call - Ian Thomsen - Sports Illustrated