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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: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 3:32 am
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Nuggets missed out on a lot.  They aren't going to get two quality youngs and a handful of picks anywhere else.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

i definitely respect him if he follows through, and I believe he's not just blowing smoke. He's a sharp man that looks at the big picture, and won't beg a player to play for his team. The Nets are moving to Brooklyn; which should generate more revenue, and have I believe 5 first round picks in the next 2 years, as well as cap space,  and a legitimate 4 and 5 for the future in Favors and Lopez.

  If they can get a star in the back court and some more depth, they will have a very bright future. Hopefully the Knicks can grab Melo, but the Nets are doing the right thing by going for with the youth movement... They just have to be patient. 

Great post.  And that's exactly why I didn't understand from the beginning why the Nets would go after Anthony that hard.  Why even thing about give up multiple players plus not one but two first round draft picks for the guy?  Anthony is an excellent player but he's not Lebron James or Kobe Bryant.  He's not even as good as Wade and I don't think he's much more talented then Chris Bosh is....  he's excellent.. but not good enough to mortgage the future when acquiring him, only to watch him walk away in the summer or at latest in 3 years when his contract expires...

None of this made any sense to me....



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Brooklyn is taking in the "Little Brother" of NYC NBA teams that has been a complete mess since Kidd was dealt. Yet, Manhattan couldn't find a way to give the Jets their own stadium? Sheesh. NJ/Brooklyn will never compete with the Knicks for FA's whether Jay Z owns 1 percent or 100 percent of that team. On the positive future Brooklyn Nets.....you should find good pizza vendors outside your future arena.



Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

i definitely respect him if he follows through, and I believe he's not just blowing smoke. He's a sharp man that looks at the big picture, and won't beg a player to play for his team. The Nets are moving to Brooklyn; which should generate more revenue, and have I believe 5 first round picks in the next 2 years, as well as cap space,  and a legitimate 4 and 5 for the future in Favors and Lopez.

  If they can get a star in the back court and some more depth, they will have a very bright future. Hopefully the Knicks can grab Melo, but the Nets are doing the right thing by going for with the youth movement... They just have to be patient. 



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

I really hope he isn't bs'ing because I believe him as well.  I don't think this guy operates the same way the usual crappy American sports owner operates.  I think he is genuinely annoyed and sick of it and doesn't want to deal with it anymore.  I don't think he is in it for the long haul in NJ anyway and has no desire to deal with a dope who keeps turning down $60 million. 

The rest of the league knows that the Nuggets have no leverage with Melo and they are going to get low balled and have to take little or nothing for him.  Good job Melo, I think you are going to be in Denver the rest of the year....




Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

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.


Yeah, but no basketball player in the world has dreamed about playing for the NJ Nets. Even if the move to Brooklyn they will still be the Nets.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2011 10:28 am
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

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.  
I believe him. And I'm happy he pulled out of the Carmelo sweepstakes.... it's about time.  This Nets owner isn't from North America.  If you've ever followed european basketball ( I bet 99 percent of people on these boards have never done so) you'll know owners from overseas have a lot more pride then owners around here.   You screw with them long enough like the Nuggets have and they tell you to go to hell.

Wait and see.  Carmelo will not be traded to the Nets.  And the Nuggets if they do trade him won't be getting 4 or 5 or 6 players plus a 1 or 2 first round draft picks like they had a chance to get here.  They will get MUCH LESS....  looks good on them.  Carmelo Anthonly is an excellent player.. an allstar if you will.  But he's not Lebron James or Kobe and doesn't deserve this much attention and never will.

Carmelo Anthony MIGHT wish by the end of this that he played his cards differently.   He WILL take a paycut now... and you're wrong if you think the salaries cuts the owners are demanding don't include the "star" players.  This will cost Carmelo millions of dollars....

The Nets? They will build their team through the draft as every franchise should.... Mortgaging their future to get Anthony for 3 years at max money isn't the way to do it.....



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2011 1:27 am
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

I don't understand why there treating Melo like he's LeBron or Kobe???  he isn't a player that you build your franchise around, what has he done, what has he shown that shows you that he can do that???  save your money Nets, wait til Brooklyn, then throw money at some free-agents. 



Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:44 am
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

I think the Nets will go after Kirilenko now. It seems like him and Prokorov are good buddies. Let's see what happens.



Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:04 am
 

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Best move the Nets ever made!  Anthony is not someone you build a team around, he's good for two thing, scoring, and putting up a ton of shots everygame.   You build a team around dominating players, not a who puts up the ball every chance he gets and still doesn't average 25 pts a game.  Also the only rebounds he usually gets are off his misses, which isn't plus, for those of you who really know basketball.


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