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Video: LeBron James introduces Norris Cole to Jay-Z


“Hey, rook, come over here. I want you to meet Jay-Z.”

There are perks to playing with LeBron James in Miami — this kind of thing simply does not happen at Bucks games. Or at Cleveland State. After LeBron scores the final 17 Heat points to get them a win Monday night, he waves Norris Cole over so he can introduce the rookie to Jay-Z. Nice.

Things I enjoy about this video:

• When they talk in front of the cameras, LeBron and Jay-Z go “NFL coach calling in a play on the headset” and cover their mouths so there is no lip reading. My guess? They were discussing their disappointment that  the Pulitzer Prize committee did not give “Swamplandia” the prize for fiction this year. (By the way, really good read if you like literature, although the neat and clean ending bothered me a little.)

• Cool of LeBron to give all that gear to the young boy.

• Just like on the court, Chris Bosh is the guy they go to only when Lebron is otherwise occupied.

(Hat tip to KD at Ball Don’t Lie)

Did Jay-Z approve this? Nets to sign DeShawn Stevenson.

DeShawn Stevenson

DeShawn Stevenson was once dissed in a Jay-Z song because of the players running feud with LeBron James (something that flared up again during the NBA finals last year when Stevenson was with the Mavericks).

Soon, Stevenson will play for Jay-Z and his Nets.

Stevenson has reached a contract deal with the New Jersey Nets, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. It’s a one-year deal worth $2.5 million (the Nets are still all about the cap space for next summer).

Stevenson started 54 games for the Mavs last year but he will come off the bench and have to fight for minutes in a crowded Nets backcourt. Anthony Morrow is the starter at the two guard, Marshon Brooks can play that roll off the bench (or be the three), and there is also Stephen Graham. (At the point the Nets are pretty set with Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar.)

What Stevenson brings is some defensive intensity the Nets have lacked at the wing — and a guy who will get in LeBron’s face. That is what can get him some run.

On offense, the vast majority of Stevenson’s shot attempts were from three last season (all but about one shot a game) and he hit 37.8 percent of them, which was a career high.

Blow the whistle.

Jay-Z turns away NBA stars from GQ party VIP room


Oh, the horror. This damn NBA lockout continues to cause NBA players untold pain.

Like not being able to get in to the VIP areas of swank Los Angeles parties.

Like the GQ party Thursday where Jay-Z was in attendance along with Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Russell Westbrook, JaVale McGee and Shannon Brown, among others. Terezowens.com has the details (via I am a GM).

“So all the athletes were clamoring to talk to Jay-Z in his private section, even Melo, but because of the lockout, Jay had to turn them all down. He refused to let any of them thru, and also warned his security to watch out because of his NBA ownership, he wasn’t allowed to fraternize with them,” said our source.

Jay-Z is rich, doesn’t mean he wants to pay out a $500,000 fine to the league. Smart man.

But I would have loved to see the security guard turning all those guys away. That would have been entertaining.

NBA letting arenas book on NBA dates in December

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Even before NBA labor negotiations went south yesterday and union president Derek Fisher walked in the room and called the owners liars, there were ominous signs.

The league has started to let NBA areas fill in NBA dates with other events as far out as December. At least they have at the Staples Center in Los Angels, a venue hit doubly hard because it is home to both the Lakers and the Clippers.

Kevin Ding explains at the Orange County Register:

The Lakers’ still-scheduled Dec. 13 home game against the Toronto Raptors will not happen under any circumstances then and there.

That’s because the NBA has already allowed Staples Center to vacate its commitment to the Lakers that day and schedule an extra date of the Jay-Z and Kanye West concert tour….

Actually, it’s two additional NBA games already on the move, because the league did the same thing to accommodate another Jay-Z and Kanye show at Chicago’s United Center on Nov. 30, when the Bulls are currently scheduled to play the San Antonio Spurs.

Whenever the NBA does start up again — if it starts up again this season — it will be with a revised schedule. It’s only fair the league let the arenas start filling dates, especially since you can expect the games through the end of November to be cancelled soon. But that Staples Center was allowed to do it in December (for the Nets minority owner) is another bad sign in a week of bad signs.

He’s not just an owner, Jay-Z to help design new Nets uniforms

Shawn Jay-Z Carter

I’m now picturing the Nets warming up in hoodies that say Rocawear across the chest. But that’s not going to happen. Probably.

Still, Nets owner Jay-Z — the rap mogul who has had his hand in a number of businesses, including fashion — is going to help design the new Brooklyn Nets uniforms, according to the New York Post. As part of that the team’s colors are likely to change from the current red, white and blue, officials said.

Jay Z, Adidas and the Nets are currently ironing out a logo for the Brooklyn Nets and deciding what colors their uniforms should be.

No matter what, the logo will feature Brooklyn prominently because the club wants to tap into the borough’s world-popular brand name, officials said.

Officials said they even flirted with renaming the team the Brooklyn Dodgers — replacing the baseball team that moved west more than 50 years ago — but realized that was just a terrible idea all around. And that’s still a better idea than the one from burrough president Marty Markowitz, who wanted the “Brooklyn ‘Tudes.” Seriously. He should lose his next election on that idea alone.

The best line of the presser came from Jay-Z, when asked how many concerts he would do to open the building.

“Maybe one, maybe two, maybe three, I sound like LeBron [James] now.”