Russian airline Aeroflot, who has been a Nets sponsor since Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov took over as the team's primary owner in 2010, will cease sponsorship with the team.

According to a spokesperson with the airline that spoke with Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, the contract between Aeroflot and the Nets had expired and the airline had no plans to renew the agreement.

The airline entered a "multi-tiered sponsorship alliance" with the Nets in October 2010, and hosted "An Evening of Russian Culture" at Nets games in 2011 and 2013. They renewed the team's sponsorship in 2013 despite criticism from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who wanted the team to sponsor Russian teams rather than the Nets and British soccer club Manchester United.

ITAR-TASS -- Aeroflot decides against extending sponsorship contract with NBA’s Brooklyn Nets

 

Mikhail Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov (AP)

Via ShalomLife:

Born on May 3rd, 1965, in Moscow Russia, Mikhail Prokhorov would one day go from being upper middle class in a Russian Jewish household, to the Brooklyn Nets owning billionaire that he is today. Born to Dimitri and Tamara Prokhorov, a lawyer and a materials engineer respectively, Prokhorov was raised alongside his older sister Irina. His father traveled abroad frequently for work, however his mother stayed fairly close to home during her career.

According to its website, ShalomLife is a place to "share, discuss and inspire our readers with stories about Jewish culture and life. Shalom Life launched in 2009 and has become Canada's largest independent Jewish news source dedicated to covering culture, arts, society, technology, business, and general news, both locally and internationally."

More: ShalomLife -- Jewish Hall Of Fame: Mikhail Prokhorov

 


Via Arizona Sports -- Lionel Hollins honored by ASU jersey retirement

Lionel Hollins had his jersey retired at Arizona State University back in 2011, when Hollins was coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. Three years later, now as the coach of the Brooklyn Nets, Hollins got on the radio with Doug & Wolf for the ASU Sun Devil Fork Report to talk about his jersey retirement and his new job in Brooklyn.

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Larry Drew

Larry Drew (AP)

Larry Drew's moving forward, so he says.
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LeBron James, Deron Williams

Deron Williams (AP)

In a follow-up to a long-form article tracking Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant through six days in China, Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard released a series of bonus stories that came out of his time with the future Hall of Famer.

In perhaps the most Kobe-intense quotes ever, Bryant told his documentarian Gotham Chopra "I would go 0-30 before I go 0-9." Why did he say that? Because he'd just seen Deron Williams do the same thing, in a game against the Miami Heat.
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Jason Collins

Dear Jason Collins:

Let me preface this by saying you have no obligation to listen to me. We both know that. I am a lowly editor of a local sports site that happens to cover the team that helped you make history a few months ago. You are a professional athlete, a sports icon, and perhaps most importantly, an adult with agency. Your pursuits are your decision.

You've taken time this summer to roam the speaking circuit, using your voice at the Inforum Convention, holding a public forum with out ESPN editor Kevin Arnovitz, and attending various other events around the country, after becoming the first openly gay male athlete in one of the four major professional US sports.

It also appears that, at 35 years old, you're legitimately torn about whether you'd like to keep playing next year, waiting until the end of the summer before you decide on your next step.

So with that in mind, know that I mean this from the bottom of my heart, from the same place that wants the world to be a better, more inclusive place for all.

Please never play in the NBA again.
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Mason Plumlee

Not even Mason Plumlee's Team USA ascension impacts Vegas. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets aren't the odds-on favorites to win the NBA title, nor are they even close.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a trade to acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Vegas oddsmakers Bovada released updated NBA title odds for each team, which are as follows:... MORE →

 

AP

AP

It's time: individual tickets for the 2014-2015 Brooklyn Nets season are now on sale as of August 22nd, the team announced.

According to a team spokesperson, tickets are available for purchase by calling 800-4NBA-TIX, by visiting the Nets website (not Nets.com, which will make you feel like you're addicted to typos), or at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group tickets are also available by calling 855-GROUP-BK.

 

That's new Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack, accidentally(?) bringing new a new wrinkle to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. If only we were all so fortunate to have somewhere to land.

 

-   Members of Team USA continued to praise Mason Plumlee, but it was Coach Tom Thibodeau who compared Plumlee to future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett. Tim Bontemps of the New York Post reported Thibodeau saying, “He's a great communicator. You see that he sees things early. He’s a multiple-effort guy. That’s what Kevin [Garnett] is, and any time a young guy has an opportunity to be around a guy like Kevin, it’s very beneficial. “Kevin is a great player and just the way Mason developed last season, I thought he had a great year and I think it’s carrying over into the summer. He’s a guy that plays with a lot of confidence.” 

-   Mirza Teletovic likes his Turkish coffee strong and thinks American food is fast and high caloric. NetsDaily was able to translate an interview of Mirza, where the Nets forward talks about everything from life in the States to his charity work with children.

-   In case anyone missed it, ex-Net Andray Blatche led the Philippines with 33 points and 17 rebounds in a game against Angola. Apparently he's fallen in love with the 3, something Nets fans wouldn't be too surprised to hear. This was courtesy of Smart Gilas Basketball, your one stop shop for all of your Filipino basketball needs.

-   Bontemps just keeps bringing the good news for Nets fans, reporting that Brook is out of a walking boot and began running a little over a week ago.

-   Scott Howard-Cooper of Hang Time Blog called the Nets vs. Bucks game on November 19th in Brooklyn one of the top ten most intriguing games this season. 

-   Here's Marquis Teague doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.