Mikhail Prokhorov Can’t Get Nets In Playoffs, Still Wants To Change Russian Politics

Posted: September 23, 2011 by Keith Stone in basketball, NBA, Nets, Proky, USSR

“I must break you.”

Mikhail Prokhorov, the owner of the New Jersey Nets, recently stepped down as the head of Russia’s Right Cause political party and alleged that the Russian government manipulated the group after assurances to the contrary. Prokhorov claims that the government forced him to include members to the party that were actually loyal to the ruling group and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. By coming out publicly with these assertions, Prokhorov could be in dangerous territory. After oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky spoke out against Putin, he was thrown in jail.

It’s nice that Proky wants to expose the corruption in the Russian government, but he’s a little naive. Russian corruption is as inevitable as gravity or the Mets embarrassing themselves. If he really wants to do something, he should come to America and end the NBA lockout. The owners are stupid but they’re not corrupt. If Proky gave Robert Sarver a Drago-style stare down, the salary cap would be softer than a baby’s ass. Gotta have your priorities straight. Either that or go jetskiing with hookers.

Bloomberg Businessweek

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