Jay-Z discusses his influence on Lebron James' choice of team:
"That's his decision," the hip-hop mogul, who owns a piece of the Brooklyn-bound New Jersey Nets, tells "Rolling Stone." "We're friends - we've still gotta hang out! I don't want to convince somebody to do something, then have to see him and say, 'Uh, yeah, we're 4-30 - sorry.'"
Recruiting the NBA's reigning two-time MVP is instead up to new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov - and Jay-Z thinks the deep-pocketed Russian is up to the task. The pair first met at the posh Four Seasons Hotel in midtown Manhattan, and the rapper recalls he was duly impressed by the multibillionaire oligarch.
"I'd been staying there for 10 years, and I always thought I was at the top level," Jay-Z said. "But when I met Prokhorov, they took me up to this extra, extra room that I had never even heard of before."
"Now there's something else to shoot for. There's always an extra level you don't know about."