Saturday, July 03, 2010

The many faces of Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov (and a presidential endorsement?)

Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov can be a friendly, charming guy, sure, and he's offering (with the help of Jay-Z and, oh, lots of public assistance) free agent LeBron James big bucks, but check his reaction at the draft lottery to see the steel.

And notice how the picture of Prokhorov with President Barack Obama, appearing on the Nets web site, sure looks like it's being used, despite a ban, "in any commercial or political materials... that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House."

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Apparently they talked basketball, but there's no sign Prokhorov thanked Obama for some $150 million in federal tax breaks for the Atlantic Yards arena.

The opening page to NJNets.com



At the draft lottery May 18



At the press conference the next day




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