TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott on Mikhail Prokhorov: His strategic leadership alone would likely improve the Nets’ performance in the near term. But remember, this is the NBA team that has proved winning is not always the perfect medicine. This is the team that made it all the way to the NBA Finals, twice, and still somehow never became cool and never became the place to be. That’s why it matters that, in addition to business competence, Prokhorov brings the potential to be a bit flashy in a way that could go a long way to overhauling the team’s dreary image.
Sebastian, wearing his NBA Playbook hat, says the Nets may have created a blueprint for stopping Tim Duncan.
Al Iannazzone on the Nets need for a power forward: The Nets, who will have roughly $23 million in cap space, have little chance at Chris Bosh. Carlos Boozer will be high on their wish list, but he could stay in Utah. Stoudemire might be the best option for the Nets. They expressed interest in trying to acquire him from Phoenix the past two winters.
Kiki Vandeweghe on Steve Nash, as told to the great Ben Couch: “When I was in Dallas, he, Dirk (Nowitzki) and I for two years spent two hours every single evening shooting together, watching tape and doing different things, Vandeweghe explained. He’s a student of the game he’s studied (legendary Jazz PG) John Stockton a lot. He’s continued to work, continued to improve. But he’s also got a real drive to be good; he’s very competitive.
Dave D’Alessandro asks if too much winning is a bad things for the Nets. More on this from NAS later today.
Brett Yormark has lunch with the brown bag-wearing fan.