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How do you say Jay-Z in Russian?

As of Wednesday, Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov is an official owner of the NJ Nets. Prokhorov bid for the team in September, and it's taken this long to vet him — by all accounts, a difficult process.

So what do you do if you're the second richest man in Russia, the country's most eligible bachelor, and now have 80 percent of the worst basketball team in the U.S. in your pocket? You go meet Jay-Z!

At least, that's what I would do. And it's what Prokhorov did recently. Jay-Z holds a minority stake in the Nets and apparently has gotten quite defensive over his role, now that the insanely tall Russian has come on board.

"Well, uh, yeah, I sat down with him and we had a fantastic conversation, and, you know, there were things that I wanted to really make clear, that I wanted to be like an active owner, and this is something that I really care about and it's not just a name cache for me," Jay-Z told FOX Sports Radio. "You know, it certainly isn't, at this specific moment, making me any money, so, you know, it's really just a thing that I love."

Apparently Prokhorov responded kindly. "And you know me, you know I love sports, so, you know, everybody was happy about what I was saying so it looks like I'll be taking a more active role in, you know, what's going on, and it should be fun," Jay-Z said. You know.

I wonder if Jay-Z managed to catch Prokhorov on CBS' 60 Minutes a few weeks ago. You don't joke with a man who keeps a Kalashnikov as a toy. Or maybe you do, if you're Jay-Z, aka the most powerful musician in America.

http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/russia-and-its-neighbors/100514/how-do-you-say-jay-z-russian