The man who brought the Nets to Brooklyn is now vying to lead a world superpower.
Billionaire NBA owner Mikhail Prokhorov announced his candidacy for the Russian presidency on Monday in Moscow.
Prokhorov will face off against the country's current prime minister, Vladimir Putin, and five other candidates in the March 4 election.
Putin is newly vulnerable, having faced intense scrutiny amid allegations of fraud.
His party only won 50 percent of the votes, compared to 64 percent just four years ago in recent parliamentary elections.
The NBA says there are no rules stating Prokohorov can't run, or still own the team if he wins.
The NBA cited U.S. Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin as an example.
He's also the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.