ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was a basketball fan long before he purchased the Nets. And not only does Prokhorov have the size to be an NBA player — he’s about 6-8 — but he also apparently has the skill and work ethic.
This week, with the Nets down at Duke University for training camp, Prokhorov showed up to teach the players a bunch of non-traditional drills that were apparently influenced by Prokhorov’s love for martial arts. As Prokhorov told Newsday, “My perception was to come personally and to say hello to the players and to the coaches. I think it’s very important for a new team to have special team building and, of course, a commitment of ownership. It’s a part of this game. I also wanted to share something special with my own experience with martial arts and I really will be happy if it helps them in some way.”
Perhaps the best part? Seeing the players try (and fail) at these drills…
VIDEO: Prokhorov drills