The NBA Is Cool With Mikhail Prokhorov Running for President of Russia

Russian metals tycoon and US basketball team owner Mikhail Prokhorov gives a news conference in Moscow on December 12, 2011 to announce that he intended to challenge Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in next year's presidential elections.
Mikhail Prokhorov.

We learned yesterday that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will challenge Vladimir Putin for the Russian presidency, and the NBA says that’s okay with them. Said league spokesperson Mike Bass, via the Times: “There is no prohibition on N.B.A. owners running for or holding political office.” (League officials noted that Bucks owner Herb Kohl serves in the U.S. Senate.) Still unclear, however: what this might mean for that mysterious-sounding “element of surprise from Russia” we were promised last year that the Nets would utilize. [NYT]

NBA Is Cool With Prokhorov Running for Office