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  3. MIKHAIL PROKHOROV, BROOKLYN NETS

    Owner since: 2010

    The numbers: The Nets are worth an estimated $530 million, but operated at a considerable loss of $16 million last year (moving from New Jersey to New York will do that).

    The Most Interesting Owner in the World: A shortlist of Prokhorov’s quirks and accomplishments:

    -In 2012, he ran for president of Russia against Vladimir Putin. He garnered less than 10 percent of the vote.

    -He stands 6’8”, making him the tallest owner in the NBA.

    -One of his favorite hobbies is performing jet ski tricks (check YouTube, there’s proof).

    -He heads the Russian Biathlon Union.

    How he got rich: Nickel mines. Prokhorov bought up “reduced price” shares of the Norilsk Nickel company during Russia’s privatization spree after the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2007, when he left the company, his shares were estimated to be worth $7.5 billion. Combined with his other mining ventures, the oligarch is worth about $13 billion.

    How the owners of all 30 NBA teams got rich

     

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  5. msnbc:

    “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

    Jason Collins makes history becoming the first male athlete playing in a major pro-sport to come out as gay: http://on.msnbc.com/1888nO2FB

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  6. The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat are in the midst of a nail-biting best-of-seven NBA championship series that is all tied up at a game a piece. But the near-superhuman acrobatics on the court aren’t dominating all the headlines.

    Indeed, stars from both basketball teams are attracting nearly as much attention for the sartorial flair they’ve exhibited at post-game news conferences. By far the most conspicuous accessories — worn by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Heat, as well as Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant of the Thunder — are thick-rimmed, oversized glasses that would make the cast of The Revenge of the Nerds blush. Prescriptions, and even lenses, are optional ("I see better without them," Westbrook admitted), confirming that the glasses are part of a geek-chic trend that has seen NBA players wearing schoolboy backpacks, cardigans, and plaid socks. 

    Hey, NBA players, what’s with the nerdy glasses?