Monday night at Brooklyn’s home opener, in his voice and accent right out of central casting as a 1980s movie villain, Russian born Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov took a shot at now departed team coach Jason Kidd, who made a power play and found himself in Milwaukee when it was all over.
“There is a nice proverb in English,” Prokhorov said. “Don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord has split you…. I think we shouldn’t get mad, I think we should get even. And we’ll see it on the court.”
On the court? Kidd — the future Hall of Fame point guard — heard that and said that’s exactly how it should be settled. Just one-on-one. From Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel:
“I’m no longer in Brooklyn,” Kidd said. “Unfortunately they keep talking about it. I don’t. I’ll let them keep talking.
“Now if it was me and him playing 1-on-1 on the court, that would be fine.”
That reads like a challenge to me. It did to others at the press conference as well.
Kidd made a power play in Brooklyn and did so because he thought he had leverage because new and New York based Bucks owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry came hard after Kidd. They did so without even informing seated coach Larry Drew or general manager John Hammond, which was very bad form. But Prokhorov called Kidd on it and said if he wanted to go to Brooklyn then “don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord has split you.”
Then Prokhorov and team went out and got Lionel Hollins to coach.
The Bucks and Nets first meet in a couple weeks, Nov. 19.
But what we really want to see is a nice game of one-on-one between these two.