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Friday, April 22, 2011

Jay-Z Takes Nets Ownership Seriously

So Jay-Z aka Shawn Carter is always on a sideline somewhere. Makes sense for a person that has a stake in a franchise and is close with several high profile players in the Association.

Well it's not for show according to Nets GM Billy King. King told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News...

"I think a lot of those so-called guys that have parts of teams, they vanish,” King said. “There was one in Cleveland, what was his name? Usher. They haven’t seen him. I think Nelly in (Charlotte) – haven’t seen him. But Jay-Z, I think players see that it’s more of a passion for him, not just something he’s involved in.”

Wait when you stop and think about it where is Usher and Nelly when it comes to their piece of ownership with their franchises? Nelly is in Charlotte every blue moon and has Usher been by the lake since "The Decision"?

King continued...

“To see (Jay-Z) give a pitch on Brooklyn, and the passion about going to Brooklyn – you see it on tape, you see it on TV. To see him in a room with Carmelo, and making it, you see the passion there,” King said. “And if he’s as passionate about Brooklyn, I just can’t imagine what the other people that live there are going to be like when we get there. And to see him as involved and as passionate about the Nets, to me, it’s a real positive. It’s not just something that he’s just using, or investing in. It’s something that he’s going to be involved in even more when we get – next season, I think, even further, we go to Brooklyn.”

And when it comes to basketball related business...

“I send him emails, or relate, ‘What about this guy?’” King said. “But he is fully invested. Not just financially, but from the heart.”

Good to hear. really if your going to have some stake in a pro organization you should go about it wholesouled. Now do the people in the league office know this, well yea, why do you think they got so upset and "knocked the hustle" when Jay-Z chatted it up with college players. Because he's a SERIOUS businessman