Report: Power shift in the Brooklyn Nets’ front office

 

Mikhail Prokhorov has adjusted the furniture in the Brooklyn Nets' front office. AP Photo.

Mikhail Prokhorov has adjusted the furniture in the Brooklyn Nets’ front office. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets came into this season with huge expectations and so far Lawrence Frank has been the only casualty of falling short of those expectations. That was until now.

According to Tim Bontemps of the NY Post:

In recent months, however, it appears the dynamics have begun to shift, with Sergei Kushchenko — a longtime Prokhorov associate and his top sports advisor — gradually becoming a bigger presence around the franchise. Meanwhile, Dmitry Razumov — the CEO of ONEXIM Group, Prokhorov’s investment vehicle — has receded into the background.

Up until now, Prokhorov’s point man with regards to the Nets had been Razumov. Whenever the Nets had a big decision to make, Razumov always was involved. He was often cited by the front office for his role in various moves, including helping convince Deron Williams to re-sign with the team in July 2012.

It appears now, however, that Kushchenko — who also is currently in charge of the Russian Biathlon Union, a job Prokhorov previously asked him to take on — is beginning to step into the role Razumov once held.

Nothing has officially been changed. Billy King is still the general manager of the team. It’s simply that one adviser is being asked to take a larger part in the decision making than the other.

It makes sense in a way too as Razumov was the guy that talked Mikhail Prokhorov into spending $190 million while Kushchenko was the guy that turned around Prokhorov’s Russian team. Even with the turn around, spending all that money doesn’t appear to have made them a serious contender while CSKA Moscow has won 11 Super League titles in a row.

The Nets, who are in London to play the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, have been winning lately and are 5-1 since 2014 started. Some of those wins big too, the Thunder, the Warriors, and the Heat. However, it would be premature to say that they’ve turned their season around especially with Brook Lopez out for the year with foot surgery and Deron Williams in ankle-purgatory.