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Mikhail Prokhorov Defends LeBron in Letter to Editor

Just like Dan Gilbert, Mikhail Prokhorov has put his thoughts about LeBron James's decision to take his talents to South Beach into words. But unlike Gilbert, he's defending the reigning MVP. In a letter to USA Today — can Prokhorov not get a guest column anywhere? — the Nets owner wrote, "I want to say that I support LeBron, the best athlete in the NBA," later adding "Basing his decision on achieving results on the basketball court shows that the sportsman won the day, not the showman or the businessman." (Is that a dig at the Knicks, who would have been a better fit for LeBron the showman and businessman, if not LeBron necessarily the basketball player?) In closing, Prokhorov — still as confident as ever — wrote "I will be happy for us to beat the Miami Heat in the conference finals, maybe not this season, but in the very near future," signing the letter "Mikhail Prokhorov, Moscow." The letter doesn't have quite the same emotion behind it as Gilbert's, but perhaps that's because it wasn't written in that most menacing of fonts, comic sans. [USAT]

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