Enough with the spies already! This afternoon, New York’s favorite Russian was busy with his own brand of deviousness.
Mikhail Prokhorov, the new owner of the Brooklyn-bound Nets, has erected a mural just outside Madison Square Garden depicting himself and Nets co-owner Jay-Z accompanied by the tagline “The Blueprint for Greatness.” According to ESPN, it was designed to be seen from the Knicks’ offices and here’s the kicker: it’s scheduled to be completed just before midnight tonight, when the NBA’s free agency begins.
Tabloids have recently been awash with stories about Jay-Z’s courtship of LeBron James, but there’s no telling if the man behind the “Blueprint” trilogy signed off on the volley fired at 34th and 8th.
Though, as a general advertisement it may be a bit too insider-y. Messenger Alvaro Gomez didn’t recognize either of the Nets owners as he walked by the mural today.
“I thought they looked familiar,” he said. “[But] I thought it had something to do with that TV show, Rescue Me.”
Additional reporting by Michael Gonda.