Tag:Mikhail Prokhorov
Posted on: June 28, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 6:00 pm

New Nets President: 'We're not the Boogeyman'

NJNets.com actually always has some pretty good content, mostly because they invested in a top notch blogger, Ben Couch, to produce content for them. Today they feature an interview with the new President of Onexim Sports and Entertainment (the Nets' new parent company under Mikhail Prokhorov), Irina Pavlova. Pavlova is the daughter of a Russian diplomat , and a former head of Google.  She is described as Prohorov's local representative.

In recent days, there have been rumors that Nets GM Rod Thorn elected to retire due to the presence of Prokhorov's installed Russian managers (referenced as "spies") being a little too close for comfort. In the three part interview on NJNets.com, Pavlova vaguely references the spook talk that's fluttered around the team since being bought by the Russian mogul. Pavlova said this when asked about how she planned to engender trust of Americans for a Russian business (anyone else feel like we're trapped in 1985?):

"I think just by being here, being open and letting our partners see that we’re not the Boogeyman, we’re not the Mafia; we’re normal people, doing business just like anyone else here. I think that removes a lot of the stereotypes, and just dealing with people face-to-face really makes them trust you more and makes you trust them. It works both ways."

Glad we've got that cleared up. President of Nets is not the Boogeyman. No word yet on whether Sam Presti is the Jabberwocky, though.

-Matt Moore
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