Nets on the Net: 12/18/09 Edition

Newark Mayor Cory Booker on the chances of the Nets playing at the Prudential Center: “From the perspective of the Prudential Center, we are in a very strong position,” Booker said. “I’m very confident. I actually believe the Nets will be playing here very soon.”

Mikhail Prokhorov passed step one of his background check and now awaits approvals by the NBA’s owners so he can take a controlling stake in the Nets. Here’s NBA Commissioner David Stern: “There were multiple investigations of him by interested parties and there was nothing that was disclosed that would cause us not to move forward with his application.”

Speaking of which, it sounds like Prokhorov might stick with Rod Thorn, according to Mitch Lawrence of the Daily News: But Prokhorov might be inclined to stay with Thorn, who built the Nets into a championship contender with his signature trade for Jason Kidd. Thorn also has the strong support of league executives, starting with his former boss, commissioner David Stern.

An opinion piece from the Star-Ledger about Newark and the Prudential Center.

Yi Jianlian is still expecting to return next week.

Kiki Vandeweghe is learning on the job: “Right now, we’re in a real tough spot, and the way you get out of it is, just like you get out of when a team has made a huge run on you and you’re trying to come back: it’s one basket, it’s one small step. So, again, develop the winning habits, and over time, those will translate into wins.’’

The always charming Jaclyn Sabol sat down with Chris Douglas-Roberts recently in a getting to know you session. We’ve embedded part one, but you can check parts two and three by clicking the links: