Making good on his promise to try to convert Knicks fans to Nets supporters, the Russian tycoon has purchased space for a 222-by-95 foot billboard next to Madison Square Garden for a billboard that will picture him and minority owner Jay-Z with a slogan reading "The Blueprint For Greatness" and Nets logo.
The strategically-placed ad will visible from Knicks headquarters at 34th and 8th. This, I'd assume, is no accident.
The Nets and Knicks, along with other NBA teams, will be able to sign a ridiculously stacked free agent pool beginning at midnight tonight. As the rumor mill churns, the franchise's chances of landing the likes of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Dwyane Wade and Carlos Boozer are really good or really bad, depending on whatever rumor you're reading.
According to ESPN's Mark Stein, Prokhorov may have a shot at the most marquee of the names.
Competition for the two-time reigning MVP is fierce, with Miami and Chicago making strong pitches as well and James' hometown Cavs desperately trying to keep him. But sources close to the process continue to describe the Nets' ownership tag team of Prokhorov and Jay-Z -- who ranks as one of James' mentors and role models -- as a bigger threat to steal James away from Cleveland than James Dolan's Knicks, despite the fact that the Nets are scheduled to spend the next two seasons in unfashionable Newark before making the move to Brooklyn.The Nets, by the way, were 12-70 last year.