Other than his questioning Mikhail Prokhorov's manhood, Mark Cuban also questioned his fellow billionaire's financial commitment to the Nets, saying, "You know, building a true professional team means having to spend money. We just haven't seen it."
Whether in jest or not, that has to sting. The Nets, particularly Avery Johnson, have talked about how much money the team has laid out. So we took a look at what Prokhorov has spent or committed so far on the Nets. It belies Cuban's comments. The Nets may not have signed big time free agents, but they are spending money.
Bottom line: we estimate Prokhorov has spent or committed about $600 million on the Nets since agreeing to buy the team a little more than a year ago. Sources range from reports by Nets beat writers, the Russian financial press, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Standard and Poors, the financial rating service...plus our own sources.
We also speculate why Cuban would say such thing. Hint: he's probably still paying Johnson!