Jay-Z shared a conversation that he had with LeBron James with the fans at his concert at The Q in Cleveland on Sunday. James was at his concert in Detroit the night before. The rapper said to the crowd that he told James (via the Instagram video shared on Monday): “I told him, ‘Hey man, you my guy and all that, but you can’t be taking pictures at The Garden talking about you’re the king of New York, so I told him I’m coming to Cleveland. I’m the king of Cleveland now.”
Lonzo Ball says he’s incredibly thankful to Jay-Z for ordering 3 pairs of his ZO2 kicks — but reminds the mogul the shoes ain’t coming for another 3 months! We got Lonzo out in Bev Hills over the weekend — after dropping some cash at Louis Vuitton — and asked about Jay publicly and privately throwing his support behind the Big Baller Brand. “I’m just thankful man,” the Lakers rookie said … “Appreciate it.”
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.”