Jay Z took a dig at New York Knicks president Phil Jackson during his speech to introduce LeBron James as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year on Monday night. Jay Z referenced the term “posse,” which Jackson previously used to describe James’ business associates. James and business partner Maverick Carter were upset by Jackson’s use of the term.
“We know where we come from. We do understand where we come from,” Jay Z said. “The only difference between us and someone who has their MBA from Wharton or Sloan or Berkeley or Stanford is opportunity. LeBron James has provided his friends with that opportunity, and we’ve witnessed their development. And if we’re to look up at the scoreboard, very few businessmen are better than Maverick Carter, Rich Paul, Randy Mims and all the rest of the posse behind the scenes that make it look like they’re just hanging out.”
Wade on Jay Z’s “If Jeezy’s paying LeBron, I’m paying Dwyane Wade”: “This is when I felt like I made it in pop culture. Once Jay Z did it, I felt like I was on that respect level of artists that I respect.” Kanye gave Wade a subtle heads up about the “Two years Dwayne Wayne became Dwyane Wade” line on The Glory. Wade said, “I remember seeing Kanye before I heard it and he was like ‘Yo, you gotta listen to my album. There’s gonna be something on there.’” Check out Wade’s full comments over at Genius.
When it comes to free agency, Durant said he will lean most on his Roc Nation agent Rich Kleiman and personal manager Charlie Bell. Regarding Jay Z, Durant told Yahoo Sports: “He’s just the big homey. That’s how it is. I got two people I talk to and figure it out with every day. They give support.”
Durant is represented by Roc Nation Sports and Jay Z. And which team did the hip-hop mogul turned power agent formerly hold a minority ownership stake in? The Nets. Now, let’s add this: The president/chief of branding and strategy of Roc Nation is Michael Yormark. Who is his twin brother? CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Brett Yormark. Other potential enticing factors could include: the New York market and a chance to play home games in a topflight $1 billion arena; the potential for a prideful player such as Durant to be the top dog in town; and the opportunity to potentially play with more of a pass-first type of point guard, whom the Nets would have to acquire via free agency or trade.
We talked about Jay Z last year and you being a fan of his. Obviously you went to his concert at the Barclays Center. I have to ask you, do you have a favorite Jay Z lyric? Silver: I do have a favorite Jay Z lyric, which I find myself often using in business conversations, and that is, Even a broken clock is right two times a day. From “Guns and Roses.” McCollum: That’s a good one. Silver: I may be paraphrasing, but it’s close.