- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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You think Mark Cuban is afraid of the big, bad Russian billionaire?
New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov took a joking jab at Cuban while discussing Deron Williams with reporters Tuesday. Recognizing that the Mavericks are the primary competition to sign the Nets’ superstar free agent-to-be, Prokhorov threatened to inflict pain if Cuban convinces Williams to come home.
"Let the best man win,” Prokhorov said, joking about his competition with Cuban to sign Williams. “If he wins, I will crush him in a kickboxing throwdown.”
The 6-foot-9 Prokhorov has a significant reach advantage over Cuban, but it wouldn’t be Cuban’s first brawl with a much bigger foe.
“He obviously didn’t see me be the first in WWE history to put Sheamus on the mat,” Cuban replied via email, referring to his guest host appearance on “Monday Night Raw” in 2009. “He knows not what he gets himself into.”
Of course, Cuban doesn’t mention that he ended up being slammed back-first through a table by Sheamus. But that’d be a small price to pay for an All-Star point guard in his prime.