NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov left early Wednesday night.
The man had a flight to catch.
OK, so he's a powerful multibillionaire with a private jet who could take off for Moscow at a moment's notice, but really, who could blame him?
His 14-40 Nets were being routed by the Marc Gasol-less Memphis Grizzlies in their final game before the All-Star break, and Prokhorov has a lot more important things on his mind in the big picture -- namely who he's going to hire as general manager to right his team’s sinking ship.
Before leaving, Prokhorov told ESPN.com that his search committee's first round of interviews is over, and they are currently in the process of compiling a short list of candidates who could fill the GM vacancy.
"We've finished our first round of homework, now we're onto our second -- the short list," Prokhorov said.
The Nets conducted interviews from Monday to Wednesday -- and it is believed their list included the following: two-time executive of the year Bryan Colangelo, Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas, Houston Rockets vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, former Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry, San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks, Indiana Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, former Cleveland Cavaliers GM Chris Grant and Brooklyn assistant GM Frank Zanin.
The Nets have spoken to about over a dozen candidates during the process. Thursday will mark exactly a month since they demoted Billy King and reassigned him within the organization.
Simply put, the search committee -- which includes Prokhorov, Nets chairman of the board of directors Dmitry Razumov, trusted Russian basketball confidant Sergey Kushchenko, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Brett Yormark and president of ONEXIM Sports & Entertainment Irina Pavlova -- is being very thorough because it needs to get this hire right.
Candidates were left under the impression that the search would commence with the new GM taking over before next Thursday's trade deadline, sources told ESPN.com.
Prokhorov will attend the opening news conference for the team's new $50-million, Brooklyn-based practice facility next Wednesday.
Perhaps his new GM will be in attendance as well.