Nets didn't get Melo, but they made the Knicks pay

February, 22, 2011
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Since taking over the Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov and Knicks owner Jim Dolan have battled on and off the court. Here's a look at the timeline of some of the more notable events.

May 11, 2010: NBA approves sale of Nets to Prokhorov.

May 19, 2010: Prokhorov reveals in first news conference with N.Y./N.J. media that he originally wanted to purchase the Knicks. Prokhorov later says, "We will turn Knicks fans into Nets fans."

July 1, 2010: Nets unveil a 225'x95' billboard on a building across from Madison Square Garden on 33rd St. and 8th Ave. with Nets owners Prokhorov and Jay-Z that reads, "The blueprint for greatness."

July 13, 2010: Knicks sign free agent Russian center Timofey Mozgov to 3-year contract.

Oct. 27, 2010: Knicks hang billboard of Amare Stoudemire near site of new Nets arena in Brooklyn. Caption reads, "Brooklyn Represent."

Nov. 28, 2010: In their preview to an upcoming game against the Nets, the Knicks run an ad during MSG Network's telecast of the Knicks' victory at Detroit saying, "Hey Nets. You can walk like us, you can talk like us, but you ain't never gonna be like us."

Nov. 30, 2010: Prokhorov responds to Knicks ad by saying, "I don't think we want to be like the Knicks. I think we'd more like to resemble the Lakers."

Nov. 30, 2010: Knicks defeat Nets 111-100 in first meeting of the season.

Jan. 19, 2011: Prokhorov tells team executives to "walk away from the deal" and their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony saying, "there comes a time when the price is simply too expensive."

Feb. 12, 2011: Knicks defeat Nets in New Jersey, 105-95; improve to 2-0 vs N.J. this season.

Feb. 18, 2011: Nets reach tentative agreement with Nuggets on trade for Anthony, pending Anthony signing three-year, $65M contract extension according to multiple sources.

Feb. 18, 2011: Knicks make trade offer to Nuggets for Anthony, according to sources.

Feb. 20, 2011: Prokhorov essentially gloats about driving up the Knicks' price in trade negotiations for Anthony. "I think we made a very good tactical decision to force Knicks to pay as much as they can," Prokhorov said. "So it's very good, it's very interesting, it's very competitive."

Feb. 21, 2011: Knicks acquire Anthony.

Stay tuned. There will be more to come.

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