Nets on the Net: 1/3/10 Edition

Remember that sex scandal involving prospective Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov? Nevermind, according to today’s London Times: Three years after his arrest in the ski resort of Courchevel on charges of pimping, Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia’s richest man, has received an apology from the French authorities for embroiling him in one of the most ill-judged sex scandals of recent times.

Fred Kerber reminds us that Yi Jianlian did not have a good day yesterday: “I missed a lot of shots, man,” said Yi, who bricked 11-of-13 attempts yesterday in the Nets’ 94-86 loss to the Cavs — after shooting 33-of-61 (.541) in his previous four games after his return from injury. “The shots did not feel good. They did not allow me to drive to the basket, and just very good chance at making me think about it. It’s different from the other teams — they always have two bigs inside. That makes it hard to get to the basket.”

Terrence Williams talks about his good buddy Nate Robinson’s 41-point performance the other night against the Atlanta Hawks: “It’s a good lesson for everybody,” Williams continued. “You kind of see what his work ethic is. For the month he wasn’t playing, he could have been a typical player and pout and not really work on his game, and when you’re thrown in there and you shoot 3-for-14, it looks like, ‘See, that’s why the coach didn’t play him.’

Bleacher Report features a positive spin on the Nets: Let’s play the stat game. Chris Bosh leads the league in 20 point, 10 rebound games, tallying 20. Who’s second in the league you ask? That’d be Mr. Lopez with 14 through 33 games. That’s more than Dwight Howard, Amare Stoudemire, Al Jefferson, Tim Duncan, Zach Randolph, Carlos Boozer and David Lee; impressive enough for a second year player?

Daniel Goldstein, of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn fame, is one of the final holdouts in his condo in Brooklyn, where Bruce Ratner is looking to build a new arena for the Nets: “I made a commitment to myself that I wasn’t going to be forced to sell. … I wasn’t going to be pressured or bullied,” he said. “I didn’t know what that would mean. But I knew I was committing myself to it.”