NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov wasn’t shy about speaking his mind when it came to Jason Kidd on Monday.
Kidd, a franchise icon who coached the Nets last season, was shockingly sent to Milwaukee on July 1 for two second-round draft picks. Kidd is now the Bucks’ coach.
Speaking prior to Brooklyn’s home opener, Prokhorov addressed the Kidd situation by saying, “There is a nice proverb in English. Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord has split you.”
The Russian billionaire didn’t stop there.
“I think we shouldn’t get mad, I think we should get even,” he added. “And we’ll see it on the court.”
On Tuesday, the second-year coach fired back at Prokhorov.
“I’m no longer in Brooklyn,” the future Hall of Famer said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Unfortunately they keep talking about it. I don’t. I’ll let them keep talking … Now if it was me and him playing one-on-one on the court, that would be fine.”
Who wouldn’t love to see a one-on-one matchup between Kidd and his former boss? Now that would be entertainment.
“You would have to ask (Prokhorov) why they keep talking about it,” Kidd said, according to the newspaper.
It should all make for some great theater when Brooklyn hosts Milwaukee at Barclays Center on November 19.
Kidd claims that he’s not looking ahead to the homecoming.
“It’s one of 82,” Kidd told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m only worried about tonight. I’ve been in hostile environments as a player, as a coach … I think it’s a part of the game. I think the one thing we can all learn from this is class.”
The Nets are 2-1 and the Bucks are 2-2 on the young season.
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