(I'd suggest there are reasons for skepticism about both.)
From Walt Whitman to Jonathan Lethem, Brooklyn has served as a muse to a string of celebrated writers. The Nets, although new to the borough, have also inspired writing, in a less highbrow genre than poetry or the novel: comic books.
It started with the Nets’ new mascot, BrooklyKnight, who was lowered from the ceiling of Barclays Center before the team’s season-opening win over the Toronto Raptors. Applauded by some, derided by others, the black-and-chrome BrooklyKnight superhero is far more intimidating than the team’s former mascot, Sly Fox, and the Nets made it clear that he was not to be trifled with.
“He is equipped to handle almost any threat with a protective metal B on his chest,” a news release said. It added that he had “defined muscles, including a six-pack, and a multifunctional cape.”
As part of BrooklyKnight’s introduction, the team released a comic book in conjunction with Marvel Comics, telling of his adventures protecting the team and Barclays Center.
The trend continued last week when Bluewater Productions released a comic, “Orbit: Mikhail Prokhorov,” describing the ins and outs of the life of the Russian billionaire who owns the Nets.
The Prokhorov comic, written by Tony Laplume, begins: “If ever there was a real-life Bruce Wayne, it’s Mikhail Prokhorov.” The notion that his business persona is only half of the story could make some more whimsical fans wonder if Prokhorov, who estimated that he would attend about a quarter of the Nets’ games in Brooklyn, might be secretly donning the BrooklyKnight costume.
But one attribute proves that they are not the same. Prokhorov is 6 feet 8 inches; the mascot appears to be much shorter. It is worth noting that a Web search for a photograph of Prokhorov and BrooklyKnight together yielded no results.