Prior to Thursday’s game against the Hawks, Mikhail Prokhorov discussed many topics with reporters in attendance in London, including how he thinks the Nets can still be challengers for the NBA title “if the stars align.”
Prokhorov also said he has been more patient with Jason Kidd than he was with Avery Johnson because “[Jason] has support of the players.” He called Jason Kidd after a loss this season to encourage him and told him not to read the papers.
Other highlights from his meeting with the media:
- Prokhorov dismissed the idea that he is an “absentee owner,” and — according to both Rod Boone and Stefan Bondy — seemed bothered by the criticism that he hasn’t been around enough this season. He promised he’d be in Brooklyn more after the Winter Olympics. He said he checks the stats from every game and cited today’s technology as a way to watch the team from anywhere.
- Prokhorov stood behind the job Billy King has done as general manager: “I think the team and I will do our best to make him GM of the year.”
- He had an interesting comparison for Reggie Evans: “He is like a Soviet tank. Maybe not pretty, but it will crush you, you know?
Brian ErniVery telling comments, as Prokhorov’s comments read very measured and without any grand proclamations, but still exuded confidence. From everything we’ve heard, it seems like Kidd is in much better position than Avery was last year, which speaks volumes both about how Kidd can handled the locker room and where Johnson stood with the Nets’ owner. We’ll see how this plays out, but Mikhail has to be dangerously close to shopping for wedding rings…