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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: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Funny how in early July, Chris Paul made a toast at Carmelo's wedding, with Amare in attendance, saying ""We'll form our own Big 3," in reference to joining both Amare and Carmelo in NY.

Face it, Stoudamire has known all along what was going to happen.



Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

It is even harder to blame Anthony when he is looking to move back home to play, I could never begrudge a player that.
The Nets tried to trade for him. Where was Carmelo born? Where are the Nets moving to? That's right. Brooklyn. So, actually, he would have been going home.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Actually, Amar'e signed with the Knicks in the hopes of luring Lebron, who had at one point wanted the Cavs to trade for Stoudemire.
No dude, you are dead wrong on this. Amare signed with the Knicks because they were the only ones to match the offer from Phoenix and guarantee the whole contract. If Phoenix would have offered up the same deal, Amare would still be in a Suns uniform. He didn't give a whip about LeBron or anyone else, this was about the money..... period. If he wanted to play with any of the other free agents he would have waited to see where they went and then made a choice.

Amare and the Suns we're one game from the Finals and you think he left to play in New York on a gamble that he would make the difference in getting LeBron to go to New York? 
I got some ocean front property for sale too if you're looking? 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

My computer sucks, I was going to say computers are for more than just playing World of Warcraft

So what does your computer that sucks do besides WoW?

Prokhorov is the man.  You realize how he got his money right>



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Anthony has never decided not to play for the nuggets, or change his contract.  He simply has not agreed to sign an extension.  He is not changing his mind at all, and the reason Denver is looking to trade him is that they don't want to lose him with no return.  I personally like it when star players stick with one team their whole career, but Anothony has continued to put up all NBA numbers and play for Denver.  He hasn't quit on anything, he just isn't making a longterm commitment.  It is even harder to blame Anthony when he is looking to move back home to play, I could never begrudge a player that.



Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Stoudamire went to NY with no idea that there was going to be a supporting Cast.
Keep believing that. This is from August, in the NYPost:



That took about 5 seconds to find. What is that, just one month after LaBron's "decision" that Amare "made strong indications Anthony regards the Knicks as his top choice"?

How any of you could possibly believe, for one second, that Amare signed with the Knicks without beilving that he would get either LaBron or Carmelo to join him is beyond me. He knew.



Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

The Nets ultimately realized that Carmelo, not the Nets, had this trade by the balls. He knew all along even when the reports hit the net from "sources",  that he wasn't going to play for them because he had the barganing chip, that looming free agency.  Now if the Knicks still can't put together a package for him, was it worth dragging this out for two months? 



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Most intelligient post i have read on here.  Great job, you are right on point.
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Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

I agree with you StevePic24. Stoudamire went to NY with no idea that there was going to be a supporting Cast. He has become a real Leader and the Team is winning. Now he has a chance this Year to have Melo playing next to him and maybe next Year having Paul also. We will have to give up a couple of young players if we are going to get Melo this year but I say get the deal done now. Lets go into the Playoffs and make some noise



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Liquidknight9- Please don't presume to speak for Nuggets fans.  Your demeaning incoherent ramble shows how little class you have.


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