The new head of NBA Russia and the NBA deputy commissioner tell Russia's Sport-Express the Nets' one day in Moscow will be filled with events. Making sure it goes well is their top priority right now. The team plays the 76ers in Newark the afternoon of October 9, then boards a flight to Moscow, arriving the next morning.
Egor Borisov of NBA Russia tells S-E's Anton Solomin that the NBA hopes to gain "maximum benefit" from the visit, the first stop on the Nets' round-the-world preseason tour. Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver explains that in addition to the open practice, there will be "master classes for young basketball players, a seminar for coaches, a visit to a children's home...All need to have time during that one day."
According to Silver, "From our first meeting in New York when discussing purchase of the Nets, Mr. Prokhorov stated, 'It is very important not only (for me) to become part of the NBA, but also to the NBA has become part of Russia'." Another way the billionaire owner is pushing synergy between his NBA and Russian investments: Snob, his Russian language magazine, will be available on newsstands in New York Wednesday.
- Interview: Adam Silver and Egor Borisov (Machine Translation) - Anton Solomin - Sport-Express
- Nets Billionaire Woos Russian Fans in U.S. With `Snob' Magazine - Maria Kolesnikova & Anastasia Ustinova - Bloomberg
Magazine for Russia's elite now available in US - AP