"I would tell Jay-Z to call up his good friend LeBron and ask him whatever he wants, I will give him."
According to the new soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, that is all that it could take for him to bring LeBron James to the Nets. The new owner looks to take the NBA by storm next off season. The man that could bring LeBron to Brooklyn is approximately worth nine billion dollars. It looks to many basketball analysts that Prokhorov's number one priority is getting LeBron James in 2010.
The Nets have said their farewells to Jason Kidd. The Nets have said goodbye to Richard Jefferson. And most recently sayonara to Vince Carter. The organization is looking to build around a young group of players led by Devin Harris, Courtney Lee, and Brook Lopez. If LeBron in fact ends up in Brooklyn, when he looks around he might not see the best known and talented team, but the beginning of a bright future in the Nets franchise.
Both the new Nets owner and LeBron James both have more things in common, than differences. LeBron wants to start a company that will be recognized not just in the United States, but around the world. Who can be of better help than a man from Europe, who can easily expand Lebron's fame to the Eastern Hemisphere.
Mikhail Prokhorov is the next Mark Cuban of the NBA. With his presence and the economic flexibility that he brings to the Nets, other owners are starting to fear what he can do in the NBA. If something appeals to him and he feels it is the right move, money will definitely not be an issue. After getting LeBron James, his next priority could be getting the Brooklyn Nets and LeBron James to win a NBA championship.
To accomplish that, Prokhorov might have to spend a bit more money. In these terms "a bit more money" means enough to sign another or several 2010 free-agents. And "a bit more money" means chump change to Prokhorov. If No. 23 is in Brooklyn, he could have company joining him for his first season. Prokhorov could decide to sign either Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki, or Chris Bosh.
Prokhorov is only 44 years old and has the reputation of getting along well with his players. He does not get into the team locker room or huddles, but shows his feelings for his players in a more luxurious way. In the past he has taken some of his players on million dollar vacations to exotic locations around the globe. He just has a different way of thanking his players for all the effort that they show in the season.
Lets face it Prokhorov will take LeBron to the fanciest places to eat. He will take him to the best exotic islands and hotels. LeBron wants to get into an exclusive party with Prokhorov's help? Not a problem. LeBron wants to go shopping? Prokhorov will go with him and pay for everything. The point is, Prokhorov will do anything to have LeBron James wear a Brooklyn Nets jersey with the number 23 on Opening Night of 2010 under the lights of the new Atlantic Yards Arena.
LeBron James could not have said it better, "If you guys want to go to sleep right now and not wake up until July 1, 2010, then go ahead because it is going to be a big day."
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