November 2012 Opening at Barclays: Prokhorov’s Marriage Curse and Dream Fulfillment
Leading up to the delayed opening of Barclays Center as Nets arena due to Superstorm Sandy in Brooklyn on November 3rd, 2012, Prokhorov was in the States for a media blitz, including this Q and A with the New York Post‘s Steve Serby. Topics covered include Prokhorov’s promise to punish himself by getting married if the Nets don’t win within five years of his purchasing the team, his hopes that Avery Johnson would become a “living legend,” dinner dates with Ivan the Terrible and much, much more.
At the opening night press conference he doubled down on the marriage promise/threat. “You know, I have only three years left. Because I said if not, I would get married. So maybe I am the most devoted guy for the championship now.”
While in Brooklyn, he also got to “fulfill his dream” of being a reporter when he interviewed Nets Scorekeeper, Herb Turetzky. Turetzky has been with the team since the beginning of the franchise back in 1967. Staying on message, Prokhorov asked Herb, who has been happily married for many years, for his advice on finding a mate. Turetzky said he thought his boss would find the right one and that he would have plenty to choose from.