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Mikhail Prokhorov and James Dolan Forced By David Stern To Have Meeting

Derick E. Hingle-USA Today Sports

Mikhail Prokhorov and James Dolan may be cross-town rivals, but they certainly aren’t children, so why would NBA commissioner David Stern feel the need to treat them as such last year?

According to recent reports, Stern apparently grew so tired of the tension between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks owners that he forced the two billionaires to sit down for lunch and clear the air early last season.

“There was such a meeting and the parties both said it was a very cordial and pleasant one,” said a league official that knew of the meeting.

Dolan’s complaints to Stern after Prokhorov erected an enormous Nets billboard just outside of Madison Square Garden and also referred to Dolan as “that little man” in a magazine interview led to Stern calling for the sit-down.

Stern definitely had good intentions in mind, but this course of action was completely unnecessary.

So what if Prokhorov likes to get on Dolan’s last nerve every now and again? Just because it isn’t common for owners to publicly take jabs at each other doesn’t mean Stern has to swoop in and make them hash things out like they’re two high school kids that just don’t see eye to eye.

When it comes down to it, Prokhorov is simply doing nothing more than trying to ratchet up the new rivalry he began in New York City when he officially moved the Nets out to Brooklyn.

Anything wrong with that? Nope. Prokhorov is just trying to get under Dolan’s skin.

No profanities, no family or racial references, nothing truly out of bounds. Just some clean gamesmanship.

And yet Dolan is still griping to the point where Stern feels he has to intervene. Clearly, Prokhorov is successfully getting to Dolan with flying colors.

For entertainment’s sake, hopefully Prokhorov disregards Stern and keeps the laugh out loud prods coming.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.