IFWT Mikhail Prokhorov

Russian billionaire and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov held a press conference on Wednesday prior to the Nets game against the Atlanta Hawks at the Barclays Center.  Prokhorov reiterated that he is not selling the Nets but did admit he has been approached by 10 individuals interested in purchasing a minority share in the team.

“I was never intending to sell the team,” said Prokhorov, who’s in town to watch the Nets in action for the first time since Nov. 3. “If somebody wants to send me any kind of proposal, why not? Just to have a look. But we’re only speaking about minority stakes in the team.”

Prokhorov bought the Nets in 2010 and spent a record $144 million over the 2013-14 season.

When pressed by a reporter asking how much money Prokhorov lost on the team over the past five years, Prokhorov hilariously asked the reporter, “You like counting other people’s money?”

Prokhorov says he’s committed to spending more money than every other team again next season if he has to, according to Nets beat writer Tim Bontemps.

This is the same guy who said “It’s not a big deal,” when asked about the $144 million figure. “I personally compensate this money from my pocket.”

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