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Ballin'!: Russian Billionaire Dines Big After NBA Meeting

Prokhorov near deal to buy nets.



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    Prokhorov: From Russia with mad love for the game

    With the way the Nets play, he might want to start eating at McDonalds.

     But Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who is close to buying the New Jersey b-ballers, took a team of friends to Upper East Side eatery Nello’s yesterday afternoon, after a meeting with NBA owners, the Post reports.
    The bill? $19,000!
    “He was very happy to be in New York, and was celebrating his new acquisition,” said restaurant owner Nello Balan, who is known for knoshing with New York’s elite and powerful.
    “He said that as of January he would own the Nets, and is looking forward to being a big part of New York.”
    Nello didn’t talk about the tab, but the Post's Rich Calder was somehow able to get his hands on a copy of the receipt for $15,007.87
    And a source said the Muscovite laid down a 25 percent tip of about $3,750.
    Their check included $825 for three orders of truffle tagliolini; $600 for four orders of truffle carpaccio; $210 for three orders of veal chops with mushrooms; and $72 for six large waters.
    Not to mention $15 for a bowl of chicken soup.
    It was all washed down with a $5,000 bottle of vintage 1998 Chateau Petrus and two bottles of 2002 Montrachet Latour for $3,600.
    Of course, having had the food at Nello, it was probably all worth it.