TAG: Mikhail Prokhorov

NBA / Dec 28, 2012 / 11:30 am

Avery Johnson Wasn’t The Problem In Brooklyn

Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson was fired as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets yesterday, less than one month after winning the NBA’s Coach of the Month award. Ownership, after spending $330 million in the offseason on roster upgrades, wasn’t happy with the team’s progress as they went from an 11-4 record to sitting at .500 with 14 wins and 14 losses. Unfortunately for Johnson, he was never going to see the finished product on this team, as he was in a no-win position as soon as he was hired. Read More »

NBA / Nov 16, 2012 / 5:45 pm

Dime Q&A: Brook Lopez On Video Games, Mikhail Prokhorov’s Game And Comic-Con

Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez, Dime #43

The man in the middle of the Nets’ first season in Brooklyn is Brook Lopez, who’s averaging 17.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and a career-high 2.3 blocks after signing a four-year contract worth more than $60 million. Just as the spotlight has greeted the Nets with the move to the Barclays Center, it’s intensified on the fifth-year center out of Stanford. One area where his game has improved dramatically is finishing at the rim, where he shoots 78 percent, 12 points higher than ever before in his career. He’s also seen the amount of buckets he scores that are assisted spike, in part because of playing with All-Star point guard Deron Williams. Case in point: Last night against the Celtics, Williams’ bullet no-look pass to Lopez helped push the center to a team-high 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting. Read More »

Smack / Sep 22, 2012 / 1:00 am

John Wall Carries “The Weight Of The World”; Chris Duhon Is The Other Guy In Los Angeles

John Wall

John Wall (photo. Douglas Sonders)

John Wall is that No. 1 pick whose team has never progressed out of the high first round picks around him. How much of that is on him now? It’s a subject we’ve written about at length when we put him on our cover twice in the last year. Today his college coach, John Calipari said it’s not all on Wall — even after conceding that he “must improve” in between the rim and the three-point line — and that a 19-year-old shouldn’t be saddled with “the weight of the world” on his shoulders. Read More »

Smack / Sep 19, 2012 / 11:18 pm

Chris Paul Wanted The Clippers, Not The Lakers; Steve Nash Gets Thrown Into Duke/UNC Beef

Chris Paul

Chris Paul (photo. Jordan Brand)

Chris Paul might not be Dwyane Wade, who seems intent on turning himself into some sort of fashion icon. But he’s stylish enough to make the cover of GQ (along with actors Denzel Washington and Javier Bardem), and in the subsequent interview, he admitted he was happy to end up with the Clippers instead of the Lakers. The former JV team had better pieces, and as Paul said, “winning with the Clippers would be legendary.” Read More »

NBA / Aug 6, 2012 / 12:30 pm

Mikhail Prokhorov Will Rap With Jay-Z When The Barclays Center Opens

Jay-Z

Jay-Z (photo. Nike)

Mikhail Prokhorov is many things: international prostitute smuggler and party-forming politician, to name a few. Well, now he can add one more title to the list, which might infringe upon the territory of Brooklyn Nets’ minority owner Jay-Z: rapper. Read More »

Smack / Jul 22, 2012 / 4:10 am

Kobe Says Pau Gasol Will Stay In LA; The Nets Try To Make A Move

Pau Gasol

If you would’ve told us at any point during the past year that Pau Gasol‘s job security in July of 2012 would be locked up, we would’ve laughed. It’s amazing how things changed. Now, it’s Andrew Bynum who has one foot out the door, a piece of meat being spun on a skewer for Houston, Cleveland, Orlando and anyone else who will take a moment to listen. What’s perhaps even more ironic is how Kobe Bryant – the same guy who’s averaged probably 5.6 glares a game at Gasol over the past two years – is saying he wants the big Spaniard around. In talking with reporters at Team USA practice, Bryant said, according to Brian Mahoney, “As long as I’m there, he’s going to be there.” Kobe’s reasoning? He would’ve agreed to deal Gasol for a young, big-time point guard like Chris Paul, but now that they have one of the better lead generals in the game, they don’t need to deal him. Read More »

Smack / Jul 1, 2012 / 12:01 am

Dwight Howard Still Wants Out Of Orlando; Kevin Garnett Returns To Boston

Dwight Howard

*Incoming phone call by Dwight Howard* If you’re Rob Hennigan in your first two weeks on the job as Orlando’s GM, this is a call you don’t want to take. This is the call everyone knows where you just look at the ID for a couple seconds as you decide. Or, maybe if you’re Hennigan you’re psyched to take it because you have all this Oklahoma City front-office confidence and after all didn’t Howard just say he wanted to stay near Disneyworld? Yeah, he did say that last season at the trade deadline — and now, he’s told Hennigan he wants a trade to the Brooklyn Nets. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that news Saturday night and even if it’s a a walk back from his last stance, it’s not a surprise with Howard, you know? Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 29, 2012 / 11:30 am

The 10 Biggest Losers Of The 2012 NBA Draft

Renardo Sidney

Renardo Sidney (photo. Mississippi State Athletics)

The 2012 NBA Draft has come and gone like Maybach Music Group‘s Self Made 2 drop earlier this week. Billed as one of best drafts in recent memory, it didn’t provide the same kind of trade activity that all the pre-draft talk suggested. Nevertheless, the lack of major moves impacted the way the draft played out. Hell, David Stern, Adam Silver and the entire ESPN broadcast couldn’t even keep up with the rate Twitter was disseminating the picks at warp speed. Now GMs, teams, and players have no time before they’re notified of how great or how poor their evening went. We documented each selection as it unfolded; and here’s our list of the top ten winners and losers of the draft. Read More »

NBA / May 1, 2012 / 2:00 pm

The Nets Need To Be Honest With Themselves

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

The New Jersey Nets’ mercilessly ended their existence as a franchise last Thursday night with a dud performance in Toronto when they scored a season-low 67 points and lost by 31. It was a fitting end to what was a very bad final season in New Jersey. However, before the season officially ended, since their last home game in New Jersey last Monday night, Nets’ CEO and marketing maven Brett Yormark has been on a publicity tour hyping the team’s move to Brooklyn, including the release of their new logo. One of Yormark’s stops was on the “Boomer & Carton” radio show on WFAN in New York City where when talking about the team’s future, said, “This team is bigger than one particular player.” He was obviously referring to Deron Williams. Read More »

Featured Gallery, Latest News, NBA / Mar 16, 2012 / 11:00 am

The Top 5 Winners & Losers From The NBA’s 2012 Trade Deadline

Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis, Dime #44

The 3 p.m., March 15 trade deadline has come and gone as fast as your brackets will be busted by this weekend’s end. Most cats around the league can now breathe easy, knowing they haven’t been dealt and can focus on the remaining part of the schedule. Others, however, must deal with the reality they were shipped out like yesterday’s garbage. Either way, this a time for them to regroup and stop commenting on every rumor that appears on blogs and Twitter. Read More »