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Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Posted on: January 19, 2011 6:38 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 8:19 pm
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mikhail Prokhorov opened this command performance with a joke, saying he didn't know there were so many fans of Russian culture.

But Prokhorov wasn't here solely to promote his team's ties to his homeland, and his audience wasn't here for that, either. They were here to listen to what came next: a bombshell.

The Nets are out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes.

For good.

"Really I am not happy with the way how this deal has gone until now," the stone-faced Russian billionaire said Tuesday night. "It has taken too long. It has been played out in public. And uncertainty has taken a toll on the players. And I believe that has cost us several games. … 

"So I think the management of the team did a great job," Prokhorov said. "But there comes a time when the price is simply too expensive. I am instructing our team to walk away from the deal. And the meeting that was supposed to be held by our management tomorrow in Denver with Carmelo is hereby canceled."

  Prokhorov was asked if he ever got an answer from Anthony about whether he would agree to an extension with the Nets -- the crucial trigger in any trade and but one that reported last month and as recently as Sunday that Anthony would decline.

"You know, I never met with Carmelo and I never spoke with him," Prokhorov said. "Maybe he sent me an email, but really I don’t use computer and that’s why maybe I have missed it. Or maybe the carrier pigeon got lost."

Prokhorov, and later team president Billy King, admitted that they never had a firm commitment from Anthony that he would sign an extension. In fact, it wasn't even clear that the Nets would've been able to secure a meeting in Denver Wednesday with the three-time All-Star. Prokhorov and King were clear that Nets management were planning to travel to Colorado, but there was no indication Anthony would meet with them -- despite King's statement that the team received permission from the Nuggets Monday night.

"I never received any negative information," Prokhorov said. "All the information was really mixed. There was not any direct information."

What Prokhorov made clear several times, however, is that there is no turning back from this decision -- regardless of what trade demands the Nuggets may drop in the future. Asked early in this incredible news conference if this decision was final, Prokhorov said, "Of course."
The last question was one more attempt to offer Prokhorov some wiggle room. He didn't budge.

"I think I was absolutely clear on this matter," he said.

What else was absolutely clear? The two most important figures in this endless trade negotiation were vastly underestimated: Prokhorov and Anthony.


Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:02 am


I was just watching ESPN, & Jon Barry made an interesting point.  He said that this is just Prokhorov taking the deal out of the public eye & trying ti get it done in private like the Nuggets have done all along.  I am not sure how much I believe this, but it is definitely possible

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 11:25 pm

Thank God! Sanity Rules Once Again!

Here's hoping that the Clippers replace the Nets and pair him with Blake Griffen, Gordon & Davis.  What a great team that would be, in spite of Donald Sterling.

Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2011 11:19 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

I wanted Melo but he is not worth all this hasle, trouble and picks. Once Denver and Melo started playing more and more games I was happy when the Russian flew in and stopped the madness! Now Denver is screwed because no one was offering the picks and a young beast like Favors! 
Send him to the NYK. They play no defense so he will fit right in! 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:44 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

A good move. The price was too high anyways.

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:41 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

You are such a foolish moran your self.  Grow up!!!!!

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:32 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

What i cant get is WHY would the knicks want this guy, i understand the nets but not the knicks.The knicks have finally a nice young team that looks like its going to just get better with what they have.Now if they have to trade for melo they will have to probaly give up alot of that talent just to get a guy that has PROVEN NOTHING in the western conference in getting his own team over the top.Melo is good but way over rated!

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:22 pm

Negotiating ploy

oldest trick in the book.  We are no longer interested!  Yeah right.   They are still talking.   I'm a big knick fan.  Would love to see him a knick but worry about Jay Z and Nets.   As for lockout, does anybody really believe what ever collective bargining agreement is struck that the superstars won't get paid?  cmon.   Superstars will still get $25M yr.   The others may get a trim.  

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:05 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

That is a blue print for greatness!  You must be a New York Misfit fan!

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:02 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Melo to Clippers


if finally got it turned around with  Blake  , Gordon and company we are going to be great in a few years and NO we don't want that Idiot here to ruin it , let his worthless overated ass go to New York

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:58 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Wait wait wait wait, its 2011, this guy doesn't know how to use a computer, and he is a billionaire?!



he didn't say he doesn't know how to he says he doesn't use one and if i was amulti- billionare i wouldn't be hanging around on the internet either   Haha

Good for him standing up to these crybabies   melo is truly a idiot ,  by not signing a extension with new jersey soon to be Brooklyn he is missing out on tens of millions of dollars  that he will be unable to get as a free agent and now that my friends is  truly a dummy

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