Even though he only owns 1.47 percent of the Nets, Jay-Z’s ownership of the team gets brought up all the time. Whether it’s when recruiting free agents, how they’re going to supposedly take over Brooklyn or what the team’s new jerseys (pun) are going to look like, it’s all about Jay.
I guess that’s what happens when one of the most famous people in the world owns even the most insignificant portion of a sports team. I mean, you never hear people say “Oh, I bet the Cavs sign Deron Williams because his favorite song is Usher’s ‘You Make Me Wanna’” because no one really cares about Usher until he makes another hot Spring Break song. However, that insignificant portion of the Nets that Jay-Z owns does come in handy for rappers. Whether it’s Jay saying the Nets being terrible is no sweat off his back or mentioning how he’s taking the team to Brooklyn, there’s a bit of a history there.
Similarly, there’s a bit of history between Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, who were rumored to be dating in 2010 according to the stack of tattered US Weeklys sitting on my coffee table. You combine those two histories and you get this zinger from West’s newest track, “Theraflu,” as transcribed by Andy Hutchins:
And I’ll admit, I fell in love with Kim (Hunh?)
‘Round the same time she had fell in love wit’ him (Whuh)
Well, that’s cool, baby girl, do ya thing
Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop ‘im from the team (Whuh)
Classic Kanye overshare, right here. The guy just can’t help telling you every little detail of his life, even if it means admitting that Kim Kardashian basically chose a middle-of-the-road basketball player over him.
And even though Kanye obviously doesn’t understand the management structure of the Nets, it’s a good thing he didn’t tell Jay-Z to cut Kris Humphries last year. As I’m sure you know, Humphries enjoyed his best season ever last year, averaging a double-double while finishing second on the team in PER and getting an excellent Sixth Man of the Year campaign video. I have a feeling that even if he could do it, Jay-Z would be smart enough to know that cutting a great rebounder/garbageman who’s only made $3.2 million on the season wouldn’t be a good move. After all, he’s a business, man. He knows these value when he sees it.
But hey, Kris Humphries is a Kanye West punchline now. Between this and marrying a Kardashian, even if it was only for 12 minutes, I think he’s really made it. Most hated player in the NBA is still an accomplishment.