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How Nets Russian owner can help land LeBron

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06:20 AM ET 09.24 | The Nets' financial hemorrhage reached $25 million in the first six months of 2009. And even with that spiffy "reversible jerseys" promotion planned this season, the money outlook wasn't improving. But a lifeline has arrived from Russia, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who'll spend $200 million for 80 percent of the team and 45 percent of the planned Brooklyn Barclays Arena. So with Prokhorov replacing Bruce Ratner as principal owner, "How much" won't be a question. And with the free agent class of 2010 on the horizon -- LeBron James suddenly doesn't seem so far-fetched, huh? -- there could be some real excitement with the area's "other" team.

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