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Mikhail Prokhorov hoping “Brooklyn Bridge” effort can link U.S., Russian hoopsters

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“The Brooklyn Bridge” is an effort Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov set up when he brought the Nets to the borough in 2012 as a way of improving Russian basketball at the grassroots level ... and improving relations between the two countries.

According to a release by the Russian basketball league, the VTB, Prokhorov’s project has translated Morgan and Joe Wootten’s “Coaching Basketball Successfully” into Russian, the latest publication to be translated and provided free of charge to organizations involved in developing youth basketball from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.

The book, a classic for U.S. high school coaches, was written by Morgan Wooten, the long-time coach of DeMatha High School outside Washington, and his son, Joe. The elder Wooten, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, has coached dozens of NBA players, including Kenny Carr, Danny Ferry, Adrian Dantley as well as former Nets Jarrett Jack and Keith Bogans.

In addition to the book, each Russian youth coach will receive a complimentary whiteboard from “The Brooklyn Bridge.”

The book and the project was endorsed by various Russian basketball figures including Sergey Kushchenko, a member of the Nets board of directors and VTB United League president, essentially the commissioner of the Russian basketball league.

Said Prokhorov, who in addition to his role as owner of the Nets is a trustee of the Russian Basketball Federation, said “We specifically chose this book because the authors managed to present a unique combination of methods, practical, applied knowledge, and philosophy, as well as devoting enormous attention to a coach’s self-education. The book will be very useful to both beginning and experienced coaches.”