From Russia with ... ugh

New owner brings serious mojo, and then lottery brings him back to Nets' reality

Updated: May 19, 2010, 12:51 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Mikhail Prokhorov was making a quick getaway from the NBA draft lottery, and suddenly the big man looked about 5 feet tall. He was hunched over, his face a ghostly shade of pale, and that graceful and athletic stride of his had been replaced by a loser's stagger.

On the night of his grand debut as New Jersey Nets owner, Prokhorov's magical, mystery carpet ride smacked into a brick wall. He was supposed to land the first pick, supposed to draft John Wall and order ...

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