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Dolan: I'm more patient than Prokhorov

The Battle for the Big Apple is off to a very slow start this season. Getty Images, AP Photo

Both NBA teams in New York are off to a slow start, but New York Knicks owner James Dolan says that he'll be more patient with his team than Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

"I’ll bet you I’m more patient than Mikhail is of his team," Dolan said in an interview with the New York Post. "Mostly, I think it does not pay to be impatient, because you destabilize your team."

Dolan's comments on Prokhorov are the latest in a back-and-forth between the Knicks and Nets that began when the Nets announced their move to Brooklyn.

In July 2010, the Nets unveiled a 22-story billboard across the street from Madison Square Garden that included a picture of Prokhorov and then-minority share owner Jay Z with the words "Blueprint for Greatness."

Prokhorov also referred to Dolan as "that little man" in a New York Magazine article. Dolan reportedly was livid after each incident.

To ease the tension between the two billionaire owners, NBA commissioner David Stern brokered a meeting of the minds with Dolan and Prokhorov as the teams were working on plans to share the 2015 All-Star Game.

Dolan did not address the previous incidents with Prokhorov in his most recent interview.

"I don’t get to see him much but he clearly wants to win, which is a good thing. He’s the only guy paying more taxes than we are which is a club I wouldn’t necessarily want to be part of with him," Dolan said. "I think he wants to win, I know he wants to win, he wouldn’t be putting the resources in that he is otherwise. But, I mean, he’s still my competitor. As a person I kind of know him, I’ve had lunch with him but other than that I don’t really know him well."

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