Playing by the Rules, Nets Bring out Jealousy with New Talent

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Playing by the Rules, Nets Bring out Jealousy with New Talent
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NEW YORK -- The man of the hour took the stage toward the end of this elaborate news conference in Brooklyn on Wednesday. And it wasn't Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry or Jason Kidd. Mikhail Prokhorov, with his hipster-looking Nets T-shirt under a charcoal blazer, was all smiles as he joined his parade of All-Stars on the Barclays Center court. The players rose to shake his hand; it was the biggest, most sincere smile you'll ever see on Garnett's face. One thing we know is that the Nets won the press conference. Starting in October, we'll find out what else -- if anything -- they will win. Beyond that, all we know about Prokhorov's impersonation of the late George Steinbrenner -- outspend everyone, win the back pages and ask questions later -- is that it's earned the jealousy and ridicule of those who can only see conspiracies behind the revelry.

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