In a first for America's professional sports leagues, a Russian man by the name of Mikhail Prokhorov is set to purchase the New Jersey Nets. Prokhorov is supposedly Russia's richest man, worth upwards of $9 billion. He comes into the league offering gifts: a potential new stadium to be built in downtown Brooklyn and the ability to further make the NBA a worldwide league. But should fans and the NBA itself be wary of this man? There is no doubt that since the Soviet Union's collapse, many of its richest citizens are heavily tied to—if not outright contro—the Russian mafia. This "red" mafia controls virtually everything in the country, and many of its mafia dons run their business interests as individual kingdoms with little intervention from the once h ...
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