The oligarch lifestyle as lived by Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov sure has its perks and quirks.
In a Late Show segment that aired Wednesday night, Prokhorov took Stephen Colbert on a tour of his mansion and yachts — the predictable assets of a Russian billionaire.
But the final stop on the “How to Be a Russian Oligarch” outing showed the zany side of Prokhorov’s fitness regimen, one that he shared with Nets players during training drills two years ago.
Shedding his suit and tie for a “relaxed oligarch look,” Colbert threw on a Nets getup for a ride in Prokhorov’s Maybach to the 52-year-old’s Tibetan martial arts school, Tescao.
The world’s priciest treefort houses colorful yet unusual body conditioning exercise programs that focus on mechanics, such as bouncing a ball on a wooden plank with one hand while dribbling a basketball with the other.
“To be an oligarch you have to have balance,” Prokhorov said. “And for balance — I mean oligarch balance — you need balls.”
“Those I have, my friend,” Colbert replied.
The pair made their way downstairs, where Prokhorov equipped Colbert with gold throwing stars and axes, tools Prokhorov did not bring to Nets training.
After failing to damage with his stars, Colbert relished flinging the axes into the basement wall.
Prokhorov accumulated much of his wealth, which Forbes estimated earlier this year to be $8.9 bllion, from the 2008 sale of his stake in metals company Norilsk Nickel. The 52-year-old owns Onexim Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Nets and Barclas Center, as well as Nassau Coliseum.
He took an 80-percent stake in the then-New Jersey Nets in 2010 before moving the team to Brooklyn in 2012 and taking full ownership three years later.
But the head of the NBA’s worst team told Russian media in April that he’s selling 49 percent stake in the franchise.
Still, there’s plenty of opportunity to give his unconventional drills another go in the Nets gym — but he may want to leave the weapons in Russia.