Mikhail Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov (AP)

Conflicting reports came out today about the current status of the Nets franchise. They were related to the possibility that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov may be looking to sell some or all of his stake in the franchise.

NetsDaily reported that Nets brass is in talks with the Los Angeles Dodgers' ownership group, Guggenheim Sports and Entertainment Assets, about merging assets.

NetsDaily stressed that this would not affect Prokhorov's role with the team.

"The first source emphasized that Prokhorov would continue to control the team as 'governor and controlling owner of the team 'for the foreseeable future.'"

NetsDaily's reporting also indicates that Brooklyn is being valued in the discussions at $1.7 billion with the arena coming in at $1.1 billion

Wow. That's quite a lot, huh?

So that seems all good and hunky-dory. The Nets matter and they're valuable. Where's the problem with that?

Well, the ubiquitous Adrian Wojnarowski was quick to follow NetsDaily's report with a link to his article from June about a possible Nets sale and describes Brooklyn as being "on the market."

Wojnarowski also quoted anonymous NBA executives who explain that the feeling around the association is that Prokhorov is on his way out. This is in contrast to NetsDaily's description of a situation where Prokhorov would remain the controlling owner.

NetsDaily sent out a tweet afterwards emphasizing that if Prokhorov really wanted to sell his stake in the team, he could have already done so.

However, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported that the Guggenheim Sports merger talks could "evolve" into Prokhorov selling his stake completely.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA, who is always in tune with everything in Los Angeles sports, reported that a Dodgers source is saying that nothing is likely to come of these talks.

Shelburne also quotes Dodgers' chairman Mark Walter who says he hasn't even seen the Nets' franchise numbers.

That is information that someone who is looking to acquire an asset as large as the Nets would probably have seen at some point.

"I am the controlling owner of the Dodgers and I have no intention of selling the Dodgers. As for the Nets, I have not seen their numbers. They are a terrific franchise. I would be happy to look at their information and any proposal they wanted to make to me --- as I would with any proposal," said Walter.

It is important to note that Walter never said that he didn't have discussions, but only that he had not seen the numbers. He did not completely close the door on the possibility.

So what is going on here?

Where there's smoke, there's usually fire. Something that the reports have in common is that each is indicating that Prokhorov is soon going to own less of the Nets.

Is Prokhorov really going to be committed to this team for the "foreseeable" future or is this just a stepping stone to completely detaching himself from the team? Will this slow separation from the team affect the way the team is managed?

We can't yet speak to that, but the prospects of a partnership with the Dodgers is exciting if only because it could finally allow the Nets to use the Dodgers' iconic Brooklyn font that hasn't graced a pro-sports team in the borough since the days of Ebbets Field.

Should Prokhorov cut ties with Brooklyn, Nets fans could do a lot worse for ownership than Dodgers brass. MLB fans will know that the Dodgers have spent heavily on their club in pursuit of a championship.

There is surely more to come, but there is a lot less certainty in the Borough of Kings than there was to start the day.

 

-   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.

 

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The Barclays Center could host the DNC

On Monday officials from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) plan to visit the Barclays Center as part of a two-day tour intended to exhibit Brooklyn as a viable host for the party’s 2016 Presidential Convention.

The Associated Press reports that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a borough resident, and host of other New York officials will escort members of the DNC’s Technical Advisory Group around Brooklyn and Manhattan to sell Brooklyn as an acceptable destination. Since the Borough's hotels cannot accommodate all the expected visitors, Manhattan's hospitality sector and the City's public transit systems are also central to the presentation.

The DNC visitors will take in the usual sights: The Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Academy of Arts, but The Brooklyn Nets franchise also features prominently in the pitch. The Nets’ home, the Barclays Center, will host the Convention’s main activities and DNC participants will receive customized Nets jerseys. The Brooklyn Game sources added that the retirement of The Brooklyn Knight increased the Borough’s chances of landing the convention exponentially.

Best of luck, Brooklyn. A party convention is an economic boon regardless of party affiliation.

AP – NYC to showcase Brooklyn to Dems in convention bid

 

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The large-scale Brooklyn development that essentially brought both the Nets and The Barclays Center to Brooklyn underwent a rebranding of its own yesterday: “Pacific Park.”

The former "Atlantic Yards" development, consisting of 22 acres anchored by the Barclays Center, has long been a lightning rod for criticism among various local community associations. The principal developer, Forest City Ratner, formerly run by Barclays Center majority owner and Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner, claims the rebrand signifies a new phase of the project “from pre-development to vertical.”

Jessica Dailey of Curbed.com takes note that it “probably doesn't hurt that a new name also sloughs off associations with past lawsuits, controversies over eminent domain, and visceral community opposition.”

The first building to break ground will be 535 Carlton, a 285,000-square foot building with 18 stories and 298 rental units.  In order to meet development requirements, the new building plans to be 100% affordable.

The new architect on the project, COOKFOX, envisions a connection with the neighborhood: keeping the base of the building low, made of familiar brown brick customary of a traditional Brooklyn townhouse, and a setback that includes a communal terrace and gardening plot.

You can learn more about the project, including project renderings, here.

Brooklyn, what do you think about Pacific Park?

 

The ABA's answer to Mikhail Prokhorov is a 22-year-old that lives in his mother's basement in Marine Park.
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"Well, that does it. Brooklyn is officially dead." So begins an article on Vice about a music video by Catey Shaw, who they describe as the "Rebecca Black of Brooklyn gentrification." Note the central role of Brooklyn Nets gear. What do you think: proud tribute to the Nets hometown or abomination?

 

The new ABA logo.

The new ABA logo.

Basketball is coming back to Brooklyn... again?
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via Slate

via Slate

People not from Brooklyn really seem to like it.

According to a piece from web magazine Slate, Brooklyn was the most popular girl's name starting with "B" in the United States in 2012, and the top name in 39 of 50 individual states in 2012. "Brooke" was the most common name in 3 other states. According to Baby Center, Brooklyn was also the most popular baby name starting with "B" in 2013.

But New Yorkers don't like naming their girls "Brooklyn:" just 5 of 100,000 Brooklynites named their baby girl "Brooklyn," and New York state had the lowest overall rate of girls named Brooklyn (11 per 100,000). Other states that didn't list Brooklyn as their most common name include high-population states like California, Florida, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

The chart below, from the Baby Center link above, lists Brooklyn's popularity as a name by year since 2000. You can see it spiking in the last decade.

Brooklyn Chart

 

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