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Report: Jiggaman Jay-Z, Prokhorov get first crack at LeBron James

Jun 26, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

Sure, the Finals were fun, in a sort of “two-teams-shooting-35%-from-the-floor” sort of way. But now the real entertainment begins. Watching professional franchises, several steeped in rich history and other heralded by some of the most powerful men in the world, crawl and beg before a 25-year-old small forward from Akron, Ohio. 

First up? H.O.V.A. 
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the New Jersey Nets will be the team invited to visit with LeBron James first regarding his free agency on July 1st. 
The Nets are hoping James’ relationship with the Nets’ representative, rap mogul Jay-Z, will be a key factor in where he decides to land. New majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov will also join team officials for the presentation. Prokhorov’s key influence should be his ability to model for LeBron what it’s like to be a billionaire, and to pitch a global influence for his brand. 
The teams invited (the Nets, the Bulls, the Heat, the Cavs, the Knicks, and, ahem, the Clippers) will not be hosting LeBron, but instead visiting Akron to make their pitch, as James’ manager told ESPN.com Friday
James has long been a friend with Jay-Z, with some describing him as a mentor to the young superstar. If the Nets want to convince James to play two seasons in New Jersey before making Brooklyn his kingdom, Mr. Carter may have the best shot at making an impact. 
On a taped segment on the David Letterman show Friday night, Jay-Z made it clear that they’ll be selling James on Brooklyn, not Newark. He also carefully sidestepped any comments that might result in a fine. 
Being first may not be the best thing for the Nets, as there’s a thing called the recency effect which influences memory on the first thing in a series you’re presented with. But bringing in a billionaire Russian businessman and the most famous rapper on Earth? That’s a pretty good way to make an impression.
Let the games begin. 
  1. Randall - Jun 26, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    “the most famous rapper on Earth?”
    Last I checked, Earth’s boundaries stretched beyond the Jersey state lines. And while the primacy effect can influence some situations, I seriously doubt it’ll affect this particular 9-digit deal.

  2. Randall - Jun 26, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    “the most famous rapper on Earth?”
    Last I checked, Earth’s boundaries stretched beyond the Jersey state lines. And while the primacy effect can influence some situations, I seriously doubt it’ll affect this particular 9-digit deal.

  3. Andrew - Jun 26, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Wow, what a great equalizer, teams come to him. Granted he probably already knows all the best/coolest spots of each city already. So there is no need for him to actually visit them.
    It would be really interesting if he went to the Clips.

  4. V - Jun 26, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Randall, you have no idea what your talking about. Thanks.

  5. Roman - Jun 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    I believe that is the recency effect not the primacy effect. The primacy effect would actually help NJ in this case.

  6. Henry - Jun 26, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    I believe the table has been set by Chicago and Miami. Miami is going to re-sign Dwayne Wade and still have enough cap space for two max contract players. With the deals Chicage made on draft day, they can also sign 2 max contract players. The winner between the two should get LeBron and Chris Bosh, and the other should get Carlos Boozer and Joe Johnson. Boozer and Bosh may be interchangable with the winning team, but LeBron will do himself a favor by going to a franchise that has a high chance of winning NBA championships. Michael Jordan won his first championship in the year he played that was James’ last year, but he had spent 3 years in college. So, it’s time for LeBron to start winning titles to cement his legacy in the league, and those other teams don’t have any legitimate chances of winning NBA titles in the foreseeable future.

  7. gato - Jun 26, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Sure, the Finals were fun, in a sort of “two-teams-shooting-35%-from-the-floor” sort of way. But now the real entertainment begins.
    did ever play anything other than with s.h.i.t. on the crib?
    defense wins championship;you can ask anybody that knows anything about this game,you ,my friend are just following the cult of personality.

  8. deiong - Jun 26, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    jayz isnt close to the most famous rapper on earth, heck even dead for ten years tupac is more famous them jayz will ever be, btnh is more famous then jayz. not saying jayz isnt famous. just not the mkost famous on earth.
    but why would he want to play for nj nets? there not going to be a championchip team, why would he go from a contender team to a pretender team? no one likes to lose especially the biggest ego in the nba.

  9. al K - Jun 26, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    who cares who the most famous rapper on earth is. it’s all a bunch of crap anyway, no matter who it is.

  10. Gwen - Jun 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    I would love to see him and D Wade build “that” dynasty in Miami.
    Wade has a ring … Lebron is hungry. Hell, those two on the same team and the friendship and chemistry between them … that’s an unbeatable combination for years ! um just sayin !

  11. xia Xiong - Jun 26, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    d wade didn’t earn his ring it was o’ neil who got that very ring that d wade is wearing, so get it twisted. yes, d wade has a ring , but he still has to prove it without a player like o neil by his side. now u might say the same about james, but however o neil was more healthy during his stay in miami. we all saw what happen during the next season when he played for the suns then the cav’s .

  12. John - Jun 26, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    http://api.recaptcha.net/image?c=02k-P0jK9mwSj24ls-C06H2Amz_9pmsPPTfmNfkl1DGx95Mg-uvPig2eaWeF1c1XhDiNh6w07xfkOavsVcUvs5-xc1D2QpbaOPCAb8zTq6XfCJk4w8Bk5PuzJg1AVRTPIt_dlVsVujjdckcOAnPUqqDjefevcmps673SJ1TQPmiuv_JXEyhxiNPi0tTCJe7PEKWyeRAeZVf_juN5y3Jeyes0Z0X_7fJKi07pFiTAl5m9whN54rmD1SvE53gToyOSFsfQoJVYOnDT_kmLQgs6Vdyv6WpxsB

  13. Gwen - Jun 27, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    point well taken xia Xiong … however, I believe D. Wade has proven himself without Shaq. Look at how many points he puts up per game,and how he carries his team, win or loose. He’s got skills…period! The same with Lebron, points per game, win or loose, that’s skills … period! All I’m saying is the 2 of them, young and healthy on the same team would be a winning combination /championships! it not rocket science …!

  14. gwen - Jun 27, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    xia Xiong you said Shaq + Wade = championship
    All I’m saying is .. Wade + Lebron = championshipsssss !!!

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