Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/10/12

Mikhail Prokhorov spoke to the media Tuesday at the construction site of the Barclays Center which will be the Nets’ new home in Brooklyn. Prokhorov has been somewhat of a mystery man since buying the team two years ago. Although he was initially vocal and present for some Nets games, he was consumed with running for presidency in Russia and became an absent figure. Luckily for us, he reignited his rivalry with Mark Cuban.

Asked about Mark Cuban’s Mavericks pursuing Nets point guard Deron Williams in free agency after the season, Prokhorov gave a classic response.

“Let the best man win. If he wins, I will crush him in kickboxing throwdown.”

I know Mark Cuban has a rugby background, and I don’t doubt his ability to fight dirty, but I’ll take the 6’8″ Russian in a clash. Can you just imagine if team conflicts were solved by opposing owners fighting in kickboxing throwdowns? It would be fantastic.

Between Cuban’s past comments about the Russian, and Prokhorov’s shot in return, there is no doubt this would be a heated affair.

Chest bump to Eye on Basketball
Photo Credits: Jim O’Connor-US PRESSWIRE, Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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