First the high profile case at the Los Angeles Clippers, then the Atlanta Hawks and now the Brooklyn Nets look to be looking for a new owner.
PROKHOROV DECIDING TO SELL THE NETS?
Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has decided to sell the Brooklyn Nets according to Bloomberg.
Prokhorov has reportedly retained Evercore Partners to sell the franchise he acquired majority ownership of in May 2010 for $223 million.
“As we have said for many months, ownership is always open to listening to offers — that’s just good business,” a spokesperson for Prokhorov said in a statement. “There is nothing imminent in terms of a sale of any stake in the team.”
Prokhorov’s tenure as owner has been defined by his incredible willingness to spend a fortune to win, but sources have told ESPN.com the Russian hasn’t been thrilled with the team’s financial losses or its performance on the court.
KNICKS/BUCKS ARRIVE IN LONDON FOR O2 GAME
The New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks arrived in London ahead of Thursday’s regular season game at the O2 Arena.
Both teams will face the media tomorrow at the O2 before they square off on Thursday night.
KG SUSPENDED AND HOWARD FINED
Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Garnett has been suspended for one game and Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard has been fined $15,000 for pushing Garnett during the altercation, which took place in the first quarter of Monday’s game in Brooklyn.
Garnett, who was ejected from the game, will serve the suspension during Wednesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
With 7:53 remaining in the first quarter, Garnett and Howard got tangled up as Howard was trying to catch a lob pass in the paint. After a foul was called, Garnett pushed Howard, who pushed back.
Garnett then threw the ball at Howard, got in his face and head-butted him. Garnett added a push, and Howard responded by throwing an open-handed slap that hit Garnett in the neck. The two were then separated.
Multiple players and security personnel tried to hold Garnett back, but he attempted to go after Howard again before being restrained and eventually leaving the court through the tunnel.
BOGUT ON HAVING A RELATIONSHIP WITH JACKSON …
Via Contra Costa Times:
“No way,” Bogut said Monday when asked if he had a relationship with his former coach. “I haven’t heard from him since (his firing). I know he keeps in touch with some guys on the team, but I’m kind of in a different crowd I think.”
Bogut’s comments came three days after Jackson returned to Oracle Arena to work the Warriors game against the Cavaliers as a color commentator for ESPN. […] “To me, a rim protector is overrated in this league,” Jackson said on the telecast. “You look at the Warriors. No Andrew Bogut, their defense stays or even improves because of the identity, because of what they force you to do.”
“Well he gets paid to talk,” Bogut said. “He gets paid to give his opinion, and it’s one of those things you’ve got to deal with. Every coach is different. Some coaches value rim protection. Some coaches value ball movement. Some coaches don’t. It’s just a matter of each coach going toward what they believe is going to win them games.”