The YES Network’s Sarah Kustok’s fascinating interview with Michael Prokhorov had interesting bits:
The idea for a five year plan for the Nets was inspired by Vladimir Lenin’s Five Year Plans in the early days of the Soviet Union. He then noted, wryly, that he hoped and expected that the Brooklyn version would be more successful.
He was particularly proud to have Andrei Kirilenko on the team, remembering as a young pup in Moscow.
His excitement about Jason Kidd as head coach? “He’s very tough with a great desire to win” — one of those guys who might have nine broken fingers and still play to win.
His reaction when presented with the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade. “Hell yes.”
Did he have any qualms about paying the luxury tax triggered by those trades? A mischievous smile and then, “Hell no.”