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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.
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.