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National Writers Mixed In Appraisal of Move, Calling It "Bold", "Full of It"

Although fan reaction to Mikhail Prokhorov's move was mostly positive, having long been frustrated with delay after delay, national basketball writers and columnists were decidedly mixed.

Dave D'Alessandro himself was mixed, but offered, "Well, somebody had to be the adult in this dysfunctional relationship with the Nuggets and the game’s reigning king-maker, Leon Rose". Adrian Wojnarowski called the press conference "surreal" and "full of it grandstanding" by a "basketball dummy". Ken Berger on the other hand said of Prokhorov, "The Russian smelled a rat from an ocean away, and ...swooped in Wednesday to stomp on it." Chris Mannix of SI described it in the most basic terms, "a bold move by a neophyte owner" but also called it, "the greatest press conference ever."

  • Pride prevails as Mikhail Prokhorov pulls plug on Carmelo Anthony deal - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
  • Prokhorov ends Nets' pursuit of Anthony - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
  • No ’Melo, just more drama for Nets - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
  • What now for Denver Nuggets in Carmelo Anthony trade drama? - Marc Stein - ESPN
  • Mikhail Prokhorov and an Evening of Russian Candor for Nets - Harvey Araton - New York Times
  • Nets end talks with Nuggets, rebooting speculation on Carmelo Anthony's future - Chris Mannix - Sports Illustrated
  • Nets end Carmelo madness in abrupt, savvy fashion - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
  • Waiting might be best for Melo -- but who's going to tell him? - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
  • Nets Owner not Russian into any deal - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
  • Russian billionaire makes gutsy call - George Willis - New York Post
  • Nets to Stop Pursuing Carmelo Anthony - Chris Tomasson - FanHouse
  • Now out of Carmelo sweepstakes, Nets begin to move forward - John Schuhmann -
  • Mikhail Prokhorov Lets Himself Off the Hook, But Not You - Will Leitch - New York Magazine
  • Winderman: Welcome to ‘Melodrama, Part II - Ira Winderman - NBC Sports