He was overseas attending to some personal obligations, and as a result, could not make it.
Still, when discussing the Nets and their title chance, he certainly should not be forgotten.
For Mikhail Prokhorov, the Kirilenko deal adds another $13.5 million in taxes, increasing that tax bill to more than $80 million. That is something he is not concerned about, though.
And paying it will be especially easy since Prokhorov has reportedly tried to obtain Kirilenko for the past few years before finally succeeding this last time.
Heading into July 1, the major weakness in the Nets lineup was depth as the small forward position, especially since Pierce, who is the presumed starter, cannot be counted on to play 35-40 minutes per night.
The Nets thought they had the answer with the apparent signing of sweet shooting Euro Bojan Bogdanovic, but his deal fell through due to buyout problems with his current team, Fenerbahce of the Turkish League.
The Nets looked to have to fill that spot with a journeyman or second tier player in free agency and seemed to be scrambling with names like Alan Anderson and other veteran's minimum-type players.
That all changed last week when, out of the blue, the Russian connection showed its face and Kirilenko, who made $10 million last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and turned down a $10 million option for next season, saw the market for his services dry up.
Apparently, he decided to put winning first and sign with Brooklyn on the cheap.
Kirilenko is a 32-year old, 6-foot-9, 235 pound versatile combo forward with a multitude of skills that any team could benefit from. His abilities to play both forward positions with great success make him an unbelievable asset to the Nets.
The option to have Kirilenko backup Pierce at the small forward position and keep his minutes to a manageable amount without a drop off in talent is something that has to have general manager Billy King and new head coach Jason Kidd smiling from ear to ear.
Kirilenko can spell Garnett at the power forward position, limiting his minutes as well when the Nets go small. He can help create matchup problems for other teams on a nightly basis.
Kirilenko is a career 12.4 point-per-game scorer and can do a little bit of everything on the court. He can score when needed, is an above average passer that sees the game better than most big men, and rebounds fairly well for his size. Defensively, he has lost a step, but is far from a liability, on either end of the floor.
Like Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors, Kirilenko can impact the game on either end of the floor, and Iguodala, though only 29 years old, received a four-year deal from the Golden State Warriors worth $48 million.
For the Nets, getting Kirilenko is a steal.
Another benefit to having Kirilenko on the Nets is his relationship and prior playing experience with Deron Williams. The two were teammates with the Utah Jazz between 2005 and 2011. Their time together ended, ironically, when Williams was traded by the Jazz to the Nets. The two had great chemistry in Utah and hope that their chemistry can be rekindled in Brooklyn.
Though it is easy to overlook Kirilenko when a former league MVP in Garnett and Finals MVP in Pierce are brought to town, the signing of "AK-47" should not be diminished or overshadowed.
His presence on the team strengthens what may have been the only weak link on an otherwise formidable roster and his presence will be just as important as Garnett and Pierce's come playoff time.
Kirilenko could be the Nets X-Factor that puts them in the thick of the race and a chance at the NBA title come June.