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Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov backs off marriage promise

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09:50 AM ET 11.09 | Mikhail Prokhorov is ditching his punishment at the altar. After saying multiple times that he'll get married if the Nets don't win a title by 2015, the owner told CBS what we should've expected: he wasn't being serious. "It was a joke," Prokhorov said this week on "CBS This Morning." Still, Prokhorov assured that he wasn't backing down from his guarantee of winning the championship by his fifth season of ownership: "No, it's just that for the time being, I am not looking for the wife." Once dubbed Russia's most eligible bachelor, Prokhorov, 47, first connected marriage and the Nets during a session with reporters in 2010, saying it would be his punishment for failure. He then repeated it several times, including before last season. But the oligarch likes to joke, and apparently this was one of those times.

New York Daily News

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November 9, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Promises In The Dark, Bro?

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November 9, 2013  11:42 AM ET

Never make your own bet when you know you can't follow through! You just crapped on your own self!

November 9, 2013  08:01 PM ET

agreed, these women have hidden agendas.
Aks Russell Simmons, Ask Shaq they treated their wives like queens and got betrayed by chicks who became spoiled brats that went in with a hidden agenda!

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November 10, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Just for this, he needs to be given the "Owner of the year". The dude's smart!!!

btw JKidd seems lost on the bench. I know it's early, but those early sings shows lack of control over players, lack of imagination while down. He's got a tough bunch to coach (DWill,KG, PP, Terry, Evans, Blatche - not the most "coachable")

November 10, 2013  08:34 PM ET

don't blame him

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