Brooklyn Nets minority owner Jay-Z recently took a minute away from watching his team rack up wins on the court and revealed the top five coolest things about the New York squad.
For the first three picks, Young Hov pointed out the team’s colors, home court and where they play at.
The jerseys: “All-black everything! And the lettering–the typography reminds you of the old subway. It’s classic.” The court: “It’s herringbone, which is crazy. In fact, the NBA fought me on it. They said if it gets shot on TV, the lines will mess up the screen. I’m like, this ain’t 1988–we’ve got HD. We ended up taking it to the old arena in New Jersey to test it.” Barclays Center: “It’s beautiful, amazing, really well-done. It’s just classy. It’s still an arena, so there’s only so much you can do. But for an arena, it’s actually really beautiful.” (GQ)
He also said his position as the minority owner and the team’s location are no-brainers.
Brooklyn: “Well, Brooklyn is cool; that’s like the definition. There’s nothing on earth cooler than Brooklyn.” Jay-Z: “Me? Ha, I am Brooklyn.” (GQ)
Jay purchased a small percentage of the Brooklyn Nets in the early 2000’s.
“When Mikhail D. Prokhorov (the billionaire owner of the Brooklyn Nets) bought 80 percent of the team what that does is squeezes down the 100 percent of all the other people into 20 percent. Everybody who had a piece up to that point had their stake divided by five. That’s it. Clearly what Jay’s stake is worth now, you could calculate it if you knew what the team was valued at based on Prokhorov’s purchase and then you could guess how much it’s gone up or down since then. But it’s just simple math. … ” (The Launch Magazine)
Last week, Hov poked fun at New York Knicks fans after the Nets won a highly anticipated rescheduled match-up.
Jay-Z’s 99 problems apparently don’t include the Knicks. At least not anymore. “The city is under new management,” the rap mogul tweeted after Monday’s 96-89 overtime victory over the Knicks. The Nets are now 3-0 with the minority owner in attendance. He watched courtside next to his superstar wife, Beyonce. Richard Gere and Michael Strahan were also at the Barclays Center. (New York Daily News)