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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has spoken about the exit of former coach Jason Kidd this past summer and believes that the changes made will be positive for the franchise.
Kidd split with the Nets after just one season in charge, and while there was speculation over a power struggle, he was eventually given permission to talk to the Milwaukee Bucks where he later signed a new deal.
Veteran NBA coach Lionel Hollins has since replaced him in Brooklyn and the franchise’s Russian owner appears to be happy with the current set-up and had a few choice words for Kidd.
“I think there is a nice proverb in English: Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord has split you,” Prokhorov said before the Nets’ home opener against Oklahoma City at Barclays Center on Monday, a 116-85 win. “So I think that each side, we did what we thought was the best and I like what we have now.
“I think our structure is optimal. We have a very strong experienced coach and a very strong GM (in) Billy King.”
“I think we shouldn’t get mad. I think we should get even. And we will see it on the court.”
It was a season of disappointment for the Nets last year after experimenting with Kidd by giving him his first coaching role while the expensive roster failed to get past the second round of the playoffs.
Kevin Garnett remains despite suggestions that he could retire, although long-time team-mate Paul Pierce opted to move on and joined the Washington Wizards.
The team added some younger pieces including the likes of Bojan Bogdanovic, and with Prokhorov spending a record $90.57m in luxury taxes alone for a roster that cost more than $197m in salaries and luxury taxes in 2013/14, he insisted on a new strategy of finding a balance between veterans and younger talent to develop.
Grantland reported that the Nets lost $144m over the 2013/14 season, but Prokhorov wasn’t too disturbed by the figure insisting that “it’s not a big deal, because I personally compensate this money from my pocket”.