Posted December 12, 2011 on AP on Fox
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New Jersey coach Avery Johnson has been around Mikhail Prokhorov enough to know the billionaire owner of the Nets' NBA franchise has the leadership skills to be the next president of Russia. Prokhorov announced Monday that he would run against Vladimir Putin in March's presidential election, another sign of the growing discontent with Putin after 12 years in political power. Liike most of his players, Johnson found out about Prokhorov's decision to run early Monday before the Nets worked out for this weekend's preseason opener against the rival New York Knicks. Johnson and more than a couple of his players joked that they would vote for their 46-year-old owner if they had a vote, an obvious signal that they know who signs their paychecks.
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