Earlier this week Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov sounded off on his former coach Jason Kidd in a highly entertaining chat with reporters. The Russian tycoon relayed the proverb, “Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you,” and said, “I think we should get even,” after Kidd left Brooklyn in the lurch to sign a three-year, $15 million contract to coach the Bucks this summer. When Kidd was told about the comments, he had a pretty funny rebuttal: a one-on-one showdown between the two.
Here’s Kidd’s response to the Nets owner, by way of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Charles F. Gardner:
“I’m no longer in Brooklyn,” Kidd said. “Unfortunately they keep talking about it. I don’t. I’ll let them keep talking.
“Now if it was me and him playing 1-on-1 on the court, that would be fine.”
“You would have to ask him (Prokhorov) why they keep talking about it.”
“I think it’s a part of the game. I think the one thing we can all learn from this is class.”
When Gardner relayed Prokhorov’s backside comment, Kidd was diplomatic, saying, “I don’t know. That’s the first time I’ve heard it.”
For the record, we think Kidd would destroy Prokhorov in a game of one-on-one. The Hall of Fame player has seen and done pretty much everything on a basketball court.
Then again, Prokhorov made his billions in the wild wild west of 1990s post-communist Russia, so we’d caution Kidd to watch his “backside” for a possible KGB tail.
What do you think?
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