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Mikhail Prokhorov has faith in Jason Kidd as a coach because of “Top Gun”

07/18/2013 at 2:21 pm By

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Mikhail Prokhorov is a bit eccentric to say the least. However, the owner of the Brooklyn Nets is trying to build a championship contender and is sparing no expense to do so.

Now that he has a cast of stars in Brooklyn, he just needs to have the right coach in place. Prokhorov believes that new head coach, Jason Kidd, is the right guy for the job. Why, you might ask? Here’s what the Nets’ owner told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

It was Jason’s idea, and he came to us with his idea, and I was the one who signed off on it. And I think that there is a logic, and I want to share with this logic, why I made this decision. There are players in the NBA which display the ability to coach when they play, in terms of leadership, in terms of guiding play and in terms of motivating their playmates. So and Jason Kidd was that kind of a player. Maybe you do remember a film, Top Gun. This film just arrived in Russia one week ago. I want to refresh your memory. Tom Cruise plays Maverick, and he was a top pilot, he was a real leader. At the end of the day he made decision to be an instructor because it was the highest value just to be a leader. So Jason Kidd is our Top Gun. And he will do his best, I am sure, all his skills to elevate the whole team.

That’s right, Top Gun. Kidd is Maverick, GM Billy King is Goose and Prokhorov is Viper. Nets are requesting permission for fly-by.

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