Newly acquired Russian Small Forward Andrei Kirilenko has been actively promoting the Brooklyn Nets in Moscow, Russia. He spoke at a reception and visited an Adidas store in Moscow stocked with Kirilenko Nets gear. Nets executive Irina Pavlova expects to see many Russian fans at Barclays Center this season now that the team has a Russian player and owner. She told reporters:
We often talked with the leaders of NBA about how the team lacked a Russian player. And we’re delighted that Andrei will now wear the black-and-white uniform. Many Russians are going to come to our games now. We were all waiting for you!
Indeed, with Brooklyn’s large Russian population in Brighton Beach, it will be interesting to see how big a presence Russian fans have at Nets games this upcoming season.