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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: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:26 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Broncos07 writes:Sorry about the double (now triple) post, computer screwed up (ironic)

Well Denver Bronco fan you made me laugh due to the irony. Actually, your computer did not screw up. The website is frequently slow to refresh.
I think the Nugggets might trade Carmelo Anthony to somebody else who wants to rent a vet for a playoff push. Carmelo grew up a Knicks fan and he wants to play for the Knicks.
Poor Denver. Trades their franchise quarterback Cutler to Chicago. Trade their franchise Wide reciever to Miami. Now the Nuggets are going to have to trade Melo. Why doesn't talent want to stay in Colorado?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:25 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

How was or is Stoudamire pathetic?? He went to New York with no supporting cast at all.  No???  Hes playing pretty well in New York without any other, as you say "LEADERS".  He went to NY, is playing great for them, and they are much better with him there without a doubt.  LeBron, Bosh and Wade, now thats a different story!

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:23 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

The Nuggets should close the books on trading their star player and focus on trying to win this year.
I've got a better idea. Move him to Center, play him every minute of every game, banging inside night after night against the much bigger bodies, and when he refuses to do what is expected of him, suspend him without pay for conduct detrimental to the team.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:22 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

We were giving up way too much anyway!  For a team that knows they will be losing their star player this offseason, we were willing to give them way more than we should have.  Devin Harris (former all star), Favors (3rd overall pick), Anthony Morrow (3 point specialist), Damion James (first round pick) and 3 future first round picks (one of which maybe a top five this year).  In addition, Denver wanted us to take back too many bloated contracts that would make it difficult for us to sign other players.   Besides, this is not Lebron, kobe, Wade or Howard.  Anthony has won nothing in Denver and plays NO defense.  He can score with the best of them, but, with no defense, you are too one sided to be the center piece of a franchise.  Defense wins championships!  I wouldn't mind having him on the team, but, to give up that much, would strap our future flexibility.

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:20 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Am I the only one who is tiring of these rich, ghetto thugs forcing their way? So because he doesn't WANT to go to Jersey, that means that the Nuggets are going to get hosed? Now they are almost forced to trade him to the Knicks for less than half of what they could have got from the Nets.

I'm sorry, but LaBron, Melo, Bosh, Paul, Stoudamire, and the whole bunch are just pathetic. These players, guys who want everyone else to consider them "greats", are too weak willed to win a title on their own. Now they have got to go team up with each other because they are such pathetic leaders that they are unable to lead their own teams to the promised land. Sad that they don't have the stones to stay the course, be the star of their team, and win one on their own merits.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:17 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

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

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:16 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Computers need Prokhorov? Wow get off this guy's jock.

He sounds like my Grandpa who refuses to use cell phones or email in the 21st century. Computers are

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:15 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

There isn't another team out there waiting and willing to give the Nuggets the kitchen sink for Carmelo Anthony.  The Nuggets didn't screw up by not moving Melo, because without Melo signing off on an extension they had nothing to move.  The Nuggets should close the books on trading their star player and focus on trying to win this year.  It's not worth blowing the rest of this season for a pick from New York or Dallas or LA or for marginal players with bad contracts about to fall off the books. 

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:11 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

After all the Lebron hype, the Cavs still did a sign and trade so they can get something back. Denver's in a keep him and get nothing or sign and trade him for something position. Melo doesn't want the Knicks to give up a lot cause he wants to win, so the Knicks aren't going to offer much to Denver. That saying, Denver still has to make the trade, cause they're going to end up with nothing back if he goes via free agency.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:10 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?
Yeah , he PAYS people to do his menial computer BS for him.  He has a yacht, planes, and mansions to hang out in with hot chicks from all over the globe....I dont see the guy playing World of Warcraft anytime soon...

When you are Mikhail Prokhorov you dont need a computer, computers need Mikahil Prokhorov

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