Mikhail Prokhorov cites Yogi Berra twice in letter to Nets fans

Yogi Berra (right) in 1950. AP

Noted quipper and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov channeled quotable oddball Yogi Berra in an open letter to Nets fans on the heels of the playoffs.

Prokhorov, who has been the subject of rumors that he might consider selling the team, thanked Nets fans for sticking it out the whole season, citing the former Yankees catcher and Baseball Hall of Famer twice in the letter.

Here’s what he said:

Dear Nets Fans,

As my time as an NBA team owner goes on, I’m learning to respect the wisdom of American philosopher and statesman Yogi Berra more and more each day. So, I’m starting and ending my post-season letter to you with quotes from my new hero.

“I want to thank you for making this day necessary.” – Yogi Berra

It really came down to the wire, but we’re in the playoffs for the third time in three years. Hallelujah, baby! This is, in large part, thanks to the patience and the support of our true fans. You’ve been with us during the good, the bad, and the ugly. At the end of our last season game, you stood and applauded the Nets players, even when we didn’t know for sure whether we’d make it to the postseason. You were with us when we rose, when we fell, and when we rose again. We are grateful.

Now, as we gear up for another round, I just wanted to wish the whole Brooklyn Nets community a wonderful playoffs. Let’s show the very best we are capable of and enjoy every minute of this great sport.

As the genius legend Yogi Berra said, “You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and, if that isn’t enough, in the second half you give what’s left.”

Go Nets!!!

Perhaps Prokhorov could’ve used one of Yogi’s other, more famous quotes: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Or at the very least, “When you come to a fork in the road, pay an exorbitant luxury tax to make sure you acquire that fork.”

Brooklyn Nets — Mikhail Prokhorov Thanks Fans as Nets Head to Playoffs