HoopsHype Jay-Z rumors


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In an interview on this Life + Times YouTube channel, Jay-Z spoke again about his departure from the Nets. One of the Brooklyn group's original investors had to sell his share in the team to avoid a conflict of interest with his new job, as an agent for professional athletes. His job, he said, was done. "I think my job was done with the Nets," he told Elliot Wilson. "They got to Brooklyn. I played my part in that, even the look and design and attitude of the Brooklyn Nets." NetsDaily

July 10, 2013 Updates

In an interview with Hot 97 this week, Jay-Z talked about the end of his ownership with the Nets, saying "it ended great" and promised to be a season ticket holder, presumably courtside, "as long as I can afford it." "It ended great. fantastic thing," said the former Nets owner. "Brought them to Brooklyn. Everyone trying to trivialize my involvement in the Nets to a percentage. The Nets are great, man, sweet, wonderful players." NetsDaily

June 30, 2013 Updates

Kevin Durant says Thunder fans have nothing to worry about with his newly formed partnership with music mogul Jay-Z and his upstart sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. “He has nothing to do with if I'm going to leave OKC or none of that,” Durant told The Oklahoman. “I heard that before so put that out on the table. He has nothing to do with that. He knows his lane with me. Their team knows their lane with me. And they're letting me handle the basketball part. I would tell fans not to worry about that at all.” Oklahoman

Durant also refuted a report that quoted an anonymous person who said of Durant hooking up with Jay-Z: “he had a chance to be with his idol and couldn't say no.” “I didn't say that at all. They're speaking for me,” Durant said of the person making that claim. “I didn't say that at all. I didn't say he was my idol. I seen that comment, ‘he's my idol and I couldn't pass it up.' Nah, I didn't say that at all. I really respect Jay-Z for what he's done, being a rapper and then moving over to the business side and conducting himself the way he is now. But I never said he was my idol and I couldn't pass up on it.” Oklahoman

June 29, 2013 Updates

Three years ago, Dolan complained to the league office after a billboard of the Nets’ new billionaire owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, and part owner Jay-Z appeared on Eighth Ave. near Madison Square Garden. It was unveiled on the eve of the much-hyped 2010 free agent recruiting period as both franchises geared up to make a run at LeBron James. Dolan, according to a source, was so enraged that he paced back and forth and was ordering his lieutenants, “Get me Jay-Z on the phone.” “Everyone was scrambling to find the phone number,” the source said. “It was a wild time.” New York Daily News

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The above picture was posted to Kevin Durant’s Instagram account Monday afternoon with the hashtag #NewRules and #RocNation. So yeah, it’s official: He’s now the first NBA player to team up with Roc Nation Sports, Jay-Z’s sports agency. “Grateful for this opportunity with Roc Nation Sports,” Durant said in a statement. “It’s go time.” “He has a 90.5 free throw shooting rate, the youngest player in NBA history to join the 50-40-90 club, a giving individual and a legend in the making,” said Jay-Z. “What more can I say?” DailyThunder.com

June 19, 2013 Updates

Jay-Z, the entertainer who started an athlete-representation firm in April, has been certified by the National Basketball Association players union to negotiate contracts, said Robert Gadson, the organization’s director of security and agent administration. Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, met with Ron Klempner, the National Basketball Players Association’s acting executive director, and the organization’s legal staff, Gadson said in an interview today. Bloomberg

Liz Mullen: Jay-Z has been certified to represent NBA players in contract talks with clubs, Robert Gadson, NBPA Dir of Agent Administration confirmed. Twitter @SBJLizMullen

June 17, 2013 Updates

Jay-Z announced that his next album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, will be out in July in a Samsung Galaxy ad during halftime of Sunday's NBA Finals game between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. The three-minute ad shows the rapper working in studio with producers Rick Rubin, Timberland, Pharrell Williams and Swizz Beatz, telling them, "We need to write new rules." Samsung Galaxy Smartphone users will be able to download an app June 24 that will allow the first 1 million users to unlock the Jay-Z's 12th album for free July 4 at 12:01 a.m., 72 hours ahead of release. USA Today Sports

June 16, 2013 Updates

In Jay-Z's first extended video since he agreed to sell his interest in the Nets, he repped Brooklyn by wearing his Mitchell and Ness leather cap. The video, shown at halftime of Game 5, was a three-minute commercial for his new album, out next week. Black and white (natch), the commercial showed Jay-Z working with his band on the music. NetsDaily

June 7, 2013 Updates

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