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Prokhorov Sees Instant Profitability In Nets' Move To Brooklyn

Prokhorov Claims He Receives At Least
20 Proposals A Week From U.S. Businesses

Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov "thinks as soon as he moves the team from New Jersey to Brooklyn" for the '12-13 season, the team will "become profitable because instead of being off of some freeway in Jersey, he'll be in Brooklyn," according to Ryan Chilcote of BLOOMBERG TV. Chilcote said of Prokhorov, "He'll have access to all of the people in Brooklyn with a much denser population. Plus ... they're hoping to get some of the Knicks fans and in some ways he's already getting what he wanted because his idea from the get-go was to introduce himself to the United States to get more business deals, and he says he is seeing some of those deals in the pipeline that he is considering." Prokhorov: "Every week I receive minimum 20 proposals from the United States from any kind of business, some of them that are completely crazy. But still I have a very strong flow of proposals." Meanwhile, Prokhorov said for the "long-term strategy it's better" not to make the playoffs, but for the "short-time it's better to be in the playoffs." Chilcote: "So if you had your preference, what would it be: Go into the playoffs or not going to the playoffs but get a good draft pick?" Prokhorov: "I need both." When asked about any potential trades, especially for Nuggets F Carmelo Anthony, Prokhorov said, "I've never heard this name in my life" (Bloomberg TV, 12/8).

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