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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."

Kaboom.
  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 CBSSports.com 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.

Comments

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

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




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Did anyone really think he'd end up in NJ? Honestly, why would you go to a team with a terrible GM, a coach who sounds and coaches like Mickey Mouse and an owner who sounds like Boris Badanov?


Anthony has all the leverage. It's Chicago or NY. It always was, but idiots like Berger try to peddle this for months. What a waste of time and space.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

 (MELO SMOKE DA ROCK IN SOVIET RUSSIA AKA (THE MOTHERLAND) MELO WOULD NOT BE SHOOTIN THE ROCK HE WOULD BE SMOKING THE ROCK. ; What and idiot. He is leaving tens of millions of dollars on the line by refusing to meet with the Nets and sign an extension. What an idiot. This idiot BLAB'S about all he wants to do is win and win a championship. MY GOD YOU FREAKING RETARD. Prokhorov is rolling out his wallet and has done everything to show you that he is serious about winning a championship in the next 5 years and is willing to make you his center piece and surround you with quality players. BUT MELO THE ATTENTION WHORE refuses to meet with them and is a total pu*ssy towards Nuggets fans by not revealing his true intentions just sits on the side line and complains about his name being thrown around.
Go ahead you piece of trash. Go to the Knicks. Go to New York City and play with Amare and get NO WHERE. Go try and form your own little treehouse club like PRINCESS LEBRON did. The knicks won't have any money to throw at CP3 and you are not going to win a championship with there current line up. Go to New York City so your old @SS wife and her mustache can try and revive her career on MTV a network aimed a teens and with trashy and brain cell killing programming. Go there and try and be in the lime light. You'll fit in with every other sports team there, especially all the other Drama Queen, over payed idiots on the Jets. Lol now when you get a DUI or beat your wife or get in trouble with the law you won't just be in 1 news paper but a dozen. SO GFY

Warmest Regards,

Nuggets Fans (EXCEPT FOR pshark90 cause he stole part of his argument from mine."see the reference to PRINCESS LEBRON and his palm tree house club in miami and the reference to being upfront with Nuggets Fans". and because he is a wussy who is probably a janitors assistant changing out the urnial pucks at your local community collge and is still upset that he is still at "all star" status.)

what ever happened to loyalty? The only loyalty in today's sports world is to money and athlete's reflections in the mirror. Bunch of attention whores.




Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

the ninershave..., I have reviewed your warnings from comments you have made in the past and it appears that you are a very hate-filled person.  If someone knows this individual they should bring it to the attention of an "elder" before he kills someone.  No joke, this guy, if not already writing from prison, will either be writing from prison soon or dead.  The use of ethnic slurs and hate language is the beginning of a very dangerous road. 



Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

And I think you like attention..., using a word like the one you have.  Again, I would say that you were in your teens, maybe pre-teen years.  Am I close?  "For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."  May God forgive you.  


the9ERShave5
Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:03 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough/Reality Check

It's beyond me why the Nets put themselves through so much when Melo already insisted where he wants to go. Money will not Stop this, Only a Trade or Free Agent will truly make this occur. Some people think money will make things happen but you have to know when a Black Man Commit himself to what he feel is a Dream come True that he will stop at nothing to make it happen. And most if not All of these players are not in need of big money and are already secure. This is just part of what the future has in store for the NBA. There will be more fans hating Players that Team Up with other Star players just like LBJ.



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Is carmelo trying to out lebron, lebron?  He needs to sh*t or get off the pot, tell the organization if and whom you want traded to or sign a 65,000,000 extension that would set up anyone for life.  If this doesn't happen the Nuggets need to get value for their player.  I don't think that melo has a no trade clause in his contract so the organization needs to move him before they can't.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Hurry up and make your DECISION so we can stop hearing about you.  PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

But he said he wanted to play for his hometown team and that will always be the Knicks because that is what he grew up around. Even though the Nets are moving two blocks from where he grew up, he still will always consider his home team as the NY Knicks. That is what he said.


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