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Thursday , Apr , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jeff Van Gundy Not Likely to Return to Coaching Soon

Jeff Van Gundy isn't interested in coaching the Nets, or any other team, according to his brother, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.

Before coaching the Magic in a playoff game against the Bobcats Wednesday night, Stan Van Gundy told Fanhouse.com that it is clear to him that his TV brother is unlikely to be pacing any sideline in the near future.

"He hasn't shown any great interest in getting back in," Stan Van Gundy said before Game 2.

"His family is happy the way it is now, and I'm not sure uprooting them now is what he wants to do," Stan Van Gundy said. "He hasn't shown any inclination to do that. He likes what he's doing - spending a lot of time with the family - and he works 50 days a year, which isn't a bad job."
 
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Tuesday , Apr , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

NBA Fine with Prokhorov’s Business in Zimbabwe

Prospective New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov came to his own defense Monday and was backed by the NBA after a congressman accused the Russian billionaire's company of violating sanctions and U.S. law by doing business with the government of Zimbabwe.

"Onexim Group takes very seriously the issue of law and sanctions as applied to Zimbabwe," Prokhorov said in a statement released through his company during the Nets' final game at the Meadowlands. "Contrary to erroneous media reports, the company and all of its holdings have always been in strict compliance with all United States and European rules regarding Zimbabwe and have had no dealings whatsoever with companies or individuals on the sanctions list."

"Onexim Group and Mikhail Prokhorov have been open and transparent about all their business dealings throughout the extensive NBA review process, and they intend to maintain this position going forward," the statement said.

New Jersey congressman Bill Pascrell has called for a government investigation (through the U.S. Treasury department, which monitors sanctions) of Prokhorov's business dealings in Zimbabwe, alleging the NBA's background check on Prokhorov was "disgusting." 

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Thursday , Apr , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Devin Harris Wants Avery Johnson in NJ

Here's one vote for Avery Johnson as the next coach of the Nets.

"I love Avery. Love him," said Devin Harris, who played for Johnson in Dallas and hopes to do so again with the Nets.

"Avery would be a good coach anywhere."

The Nets will search for a coach when their catastrophic season, which continues tonight in Milwaukee (8:00, WBBR-1130 AM, no TV), concludes in another week.

There could be a pursuit of Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, though three times publicly he has said he is not interested. Jeff Van Gundy also is a favorite. And Johnson is in the mix. 

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Jay Z Releases Support Song for The NJ Nets
Thursday , Apr , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Jay Z Releases Support Song for The NJ Nets

Rapper and part owner of New Jersey Nets Jay Z released today a song with rapper Young Gunz.

The objective of the 2 minute track called "The Takeover" is to support the New Jersey Nets performance in the 2005 Playoffs.

The Nets have the difficult mission of facing the Eastern Conference's first seed, the Miami Heats.

The song is available for download at NJnets.com.

 

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Jay-Z Is A Part-Owner Of New Jersey Nets
Wednesday , Dec , 08 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Jay-Z Is A Part-Owner Of New Jersey Nets

The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the New Jersey Nets to an ownership group that includes the rapper Jay-Z. The group of investors, led by developer Bruce Ratner, had its $300 million offer accepted by the New Jersey Nets.

MTV News reported that "Ratner recruited Jay-Z and a number of prominent Brooklynites with the idea of moving the franchise from the swamps of New Jersey to downtown Brooklyn. He plans to build a 19,000-seat arena in time for the 2006-2007 NBA season as part of a $2.5 billion development project, although the plan faces community opposition." Read More