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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Prokhorov skips home opener

By Mike Mazzeo

The Nets fell to the Hawks in their home opener on Tuesday night -- but their owner wasn't in attendance to see it.

In a statement released by the team’s public relations staff via Twitter, Mikhail Prokhorov said that “other obligations” -- perhaps like running for president in his native Russia -- prevented him from being in New Jersey.

“I very much wanted to be with you today, but other obligations have prevented me from making the trip to the home opener,” the statement read. “I will be watching and rooting for the team from Moscow. Rest assured that I am with you in spirit and will be with you in body, too, as soon as my schedule permits. To Brook Lopez, wishing you a speedy recovery. For the rest of the team, it's great to see everyone back on the court. Go Nets!”

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