Mikhail Prokhorov says Nets franchise is in a ‘better place’ now
The breakup is over, but the relationship remains on good terms. Now-former Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is departing from the team after selling his shares to Joseph Tsai. The Russian billionaire bought the then-New Jersey Nets to the New York metropolitan proper in 2012 and later had general manager Billy King execute the devastating Boston Celtics trade.
After that, the Nets had three tough years of rebuilding that led to last season’s playoff berth and eventually signing three big names in this past free agency.
Upon reflecting on his tenure in charge of the Nets, Prokhorov had this to say, via The Athletic’s Diamond Leung on Twitter:
“It has been an honor and a joy to open Barclays Center, bring the Nets to Brooklyn & watch them grow strong roots in the community while cultivating global appeal. The team is in a better place today than ever before and I know that Joe will build on that success…”
Prokhorov installed general manager Sean Marks in February of 2016 and later head coach Kenny Atkinson in April of that year. Those fruits have ripened with the development of key contributors like D’Angelo Russell (signed-and-traded to the Golden State Warriors for Kevin Durant), Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and Joe Harris. The Nets also enter the 2019-20 season with second-year players in Dzanan Musa and Rodions Kurucs.
In addition to the 2019 summer’s splash of signings in Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan, Prokhorov’s former team also signed Wilson Chandler, Garrett Temple, and traded for Taurean Prince. While Durant may be sidelined nursing his torn ACL indefinitely, Prokhorov certainly leaves the franchise in a better spot than when he entered.