By Craig Kwasniewski
Mikhail Prokhorov is a Russian kajillionaire yet his introduction to the New York media is the Sapphire Banquet Room? Seriously?!? At least hold it at some Russian Vodka Bar with some hot Eastern European models as security.
But this is the reality of the New Jersey Nets. The Ryan Air to Virgin Atlantic, the RC Cola to Coke, the Burger King to McDonald's... the New Jersey Nets to the New York Knicks. He's supposed to change all these things but instead he's already losing the Draft lottery and showcasing himself in a random banquet hall that in two days will probably be hosting a Bar Mitzvah and later a 50th wedding anniversary.
Now look how things are done for Danilo Gallinari in Milan...
It's supposed to be some NBA Europe or EA Sports thing... who cares. That's just one hell of a setting for a press conference.
All I know is that if Prokhorov wants to make a huge splash in the US, he needs to hold press conferences like these. Seriously, I see both these photos and I CLEARLY understand the difference between the Knicks and Nets. Hey Mikhail, you want to change the culture of the Nets, start from day one. Blow us away and show us all just how eccentric European bajillionaires act. Build a Sistine Chapel in Newark.