Is Prokhorov Planning Big Changes…Really Big?
February 12, 2010, 6:22 am
Mikhail Prokhorov is thinking big, really big. The Record, Post, Yahoo! and Sports Illustrated report the Russian billionaire may try to hire the head of USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo, to replace Rod Thorn, then use Colangelo to land Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski as coach/GM. “I don’t think anyone really realizes what it’s going to mean to have him in this league,” one high-ranking NBA official tells Yahoo!
Hahn: Colangelo Wants Nets Job
February 12, 2010, 9:04 pm
Newsday’s Alan Hahn reports Jerry Colangelo is more than interested in replacing Rod Thorn. “He wants it and he’s going after it,” Hahn quoted a knowledgeable source as saying. Colangelo, 70, would also be willing to help Mikhail Prokhorov recruit Mike Krzyzewski as coach. Colangelo himself told CBS Sports’ Ken Berger, “Whenever opportunity knocks at the door, I think it’s incumbent upon anyone to talk.”
Kerber: Prokhorov Likely to Keep Thorn
February 13, 2010, 6:35 am
Headlines aside, Fred Kerber reports Rod Thorn is likely to stay as Nets president. Quoting NBA sources, Kerber writes Mikhail Prokhorov “knows what he has in Rod” and “it looks very good for him”. Meanwhile, Thorn himself tells Kerber he’s not firing Kiki Vandeweghe this season. One thing is certain: everyone wants to make a run at Mike Krzyzewski. John Calipari is also the mix. Neither has said no.
I expected this regardless of the record. The record makes cleaning house a must. The stink must be washed off the franchise, and as many players as possible need to be moved. There have been whispers of Prokhorov importing an European front office.
colangelo has a good résumé and thorn has definitely made his share of bloopers. OTOH, thorn has had to operate while essentially wearing a straight jacket for most of his time with the nets. we already know he's a good GM, so wouldn't it be cool to see what he can accomplish given a big purse and an attractive destination? if you fire him now then you're essentially blaming him for a bunch of problems that weren't of his making, and even worse, you're not getting full value for him.
the other problem with colangelo is that at 70 years old, he's even older than thorn. i mean, the nets are looking at something like a 3-5 year program before becoming an elite team again, so ideally i'd want a younger GM to carry us into the future. keep thorn for now and let him groom someone to be the successor, which sounds exactly the way that prokhy is leaning...
I like Rod too, but Colangelo would be awesome. He's an Illini grad and I read his autobiography so I may be biased.
For that last blurb, **** Calipari coming here. Have we not already learned our lesson with him? **** it **** it **** it. Even tough I hate Puke, I'm ok with Coach K coming here. But Calipari? Lets not reward this snake.
Rod Thorn flew to Vancouver Monday for meetings with the $18 billion man. There is now every indication Mikhail Prokhorov will keep Thorn. He and Brett Yormark met Sunday with two Prokhorov aides in Dallas, mainly to discuss the Nets’ move to Newark. Thorn is expected to present a franchise “fix-it” plan to the Russian billionaire over the next two days. “They love Rod,” a Nets insider told Dave D’Alessandro.