I'm a Knicks fan, so to me, a team's owner is the guy who funds (or denies funds to) the team's endeavors in silence, creating as much distance as possible between himself and the local media. Thus, it's still pretty nuts to look over at Brooklyn and see an equally wealthy, self-important owner who faces the very same media with candor and humor.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov got in touch with the New York Post's Q&A specialist, Steve Serby, and seemingly went out of his way to generate pull-quotes. The whole exchange is jocular and interesting, but here are a few favorite gems:
Q: Why are you so driven?
A: It’s all I know, really. Even on vacation, it’s very intense. I do sports of different kinds for up to eight hours a day. My posse usually needs another vacation after a vacation with me.
Q: Who are you more like, your mother or father, and in what ways? Describe each of them.
A: My father was an emotional person, but I’m much more like my mother. She was cool as a cucumber, as you say in English. In Russian, we say calm as a boa constrictor!
Q: Which actor would you want to play you in the movie about your life and why?
A: Chris Rock or Danny DeVito. For obvious physical resemblance.
Q: People you haven’t met and would like to meet?
A: This person called Honey Boo Boo is at the top of my list at the moment. From Moscow it looks as though the US has lost its collective mind on that.
Again, Prokhorov's clearly gunnin' for quotability here, but he's enjoying himself and embracing the public eye. That kind of behavior is pretty refreshing from a New York basketball owner (not that James Dolan doesn't embrace the public eye sometimes. It's just ... you know, not quite the same).