News: LeBron James & Carmelo Anthony Laced Nas W/ Gold Medal Tix, "He Didn't Want To Miss History"
Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 2:43PM
Rap veteran Nas reportedly has friends in high places as new reports claim NBA stars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony hooked him up with tickets to watch their gold medal-winning Olympics game against Spain last Sunday.
According to reports, Nasty Nas just happened to be in London during the Summer Olympics.
Nas wasn't planning on being in the stands when Team USA played for the gold medal in basketball ... he wasn't planning on partying with the guys after the game either ... until Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James talked him into it ... and gave him free courtside tickets. It's good to have rich friends. Here's the story -- Nas had been in London to headline a concert and was 6 hours from getting on his return flight back to the States ... when he got a call from his pal Carmelo Anthony. (TMZ)
A rep for "God's Son" also revealed James and Anthony both wanted Nas in attendance.
Nas' rep told us ... the rapper has been friends with 'Melo and 'Bron for a while, and the two made it clear they REALLY wanted Nas to attend the game ... and offered to get him some pretty sick seats if he was down to change his flight. Nas' rep tells us ... the rapper didn't have to think twice before taking the guys up on their offer ... changing his ticket immediately and extending his hotel room stay because "He didn't want to miss history." Of course, Team USA CRUSHED Spain in the finals ... and the rapper joined the champions in the gold medal after-party. Nas' rep tells us, "He's very thankful that Carmelo and LeBron looked out for him ... It was a moment that he will always remember." (TMZ)
On Sunday, Team USA defeated Spain to win the men's basketball gold medal.
Great for most of the Olympics, just good enough for gold. The U.S. men's basketball team fought off another huge challenge from Spain, pulling away in the final minutes Sunday for a 107-100 win and its second straight Olympic championship. And just like 2008, the star-studded Americans had to work for this one. LeBron James capped one of basketball's most brilliant individual years with a monster dunk and a huge three-pointer in the final 2:50. That wrapped up a close, back-and-forth game that few would have seen coming after the Americans had been so dominant for so long in London. (Newsday)
Last month, the rap star performed at ESPN's annual ESPY Awards ceremony.
"Amazing night and honor to be in the building with all those men and women," said Nas in an exclusive statement sent to XXL. "They have always supported me and last night was about me supporting them." In front of sports superstars such as the Eli Manning and Justin Tuck of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants to the NBA's Steve Nash and NFL's Tim Tebow, Nas ripped into performances of "Nasty," "The Don" and "Summer On Smash." (XXL Mag)
Check out a recent Nas interview below: