NBA / Sep 12, 2008 / 1:38 pm

“Coach” Jay-Z speaks on LeBron vs. DeShawn and hoop psychology

LeBronLeBron James (photo. Mannion)

The current issue of Vibe magazine has a naked Ciara on the cover and is one of the greatest … oh wait, I forgot what I was supposed to be talking about … hang on …

OK, I’m back. So the last issue of Vibe had Jay-Z on the cover, and in the cover story he was asked about his involvement in LeBron James and DeShawn Stevenson‘s feud from last season that spilled over into the Cavs/Wizards playoff series and will no doubt be a story line when the two teams meet on Christmas Day. Jay’s response:

“I had no intention to talk about the DeShawn Stevenson thing. I seen him beatin’ the s*** out of LeBron, and he really couldn’t do nothing. I really wanted to inspire [LeBron]. I sent him the [“Blow The Whistle (freestyle)”]. The song wasn’t to be released. I sent him the song to get him amped up. I do s*** like that. I hit him on the BlackBerry all the way through the playoffs. There’s a big trail of e-mails that we have where I’m almost like a coach on the sidelines for him, ’cause that’s my little brother! I’m giving him advice, even outside of, ‘Take the ball to the elbow and shoot.’ The psychology of what’s going on: That’s my role in his life.”

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  • http://myspace.com/40sand9s loc

    I wonder why Clevelands worried about Bron heading to Brooklyn?

  • dh

    if there was a poll on whether lebron should take basketball advice from jay-z, how do you think that would go?

    but you gotta give jay his props because lebron was killing deshawn-not worthy of one name-stevenson through out that series.

    with lebron’s backing, jay-z can be coach of brooklyn.

    (kidding of course)

  • http://dimemag.com Austin Burton

    I can see Jay-Z coaching much like Tupac was coaching in “Above the Rim.”

    (After the game, Jay gives Devin Harris a bag with a burner in it and sends him after Deron Williams. “Handle yo’ business!”)

  • rob stewart

    I have a question for all readers. What artist would you like to rap/sing to coach you through your life? Not based on their content but on their talent and sound. I would choose LilWayne and Bobby Valentino.

  • Tha Boddy

    @ post #4 rob stewart
    Well your question was asked and will end in failure just leave the questions to DIMEmag man you don’t get to ask them…epic fail

  • David Brandon

    damn, boddy!! hahahaha

    sorry, rod…

  • http://www.shujen.com Shujen

    @ Robbie Stewart…..
    Bobby Valentino?!….dawg….Bobby Valentino?

  • dukesman2000

    Jay is feeling himself

  • http://myspace.com/40sand9s loc

    “Jay is feeling himself”

    No homo?

  • iain.


    LOL! Coach Birdie, man i love that movie..

    “You ain’t going to Georgetown, or any f*ckin’ where if the Birdmen don’t win”!!

  • TL

    “I seen him beatin’ the sh** out of Lebron” – Jay Z

    Really? I don’t remember when Stevenson ever got the better of Lebron besides that playoff game where everybody on the Wizards were going nuts and shooting 3s last year.

    I think it was when Arenas made his playoff appearance.

  • Dagomar

    Whatever Jay-Z is doing, it’s working.

    As for DeShawn . . . dude used to be seen as a pretty solid player who could give you some things. Now he’s just a crazy douchebag. It’s like he gave up trying to become good at what he does and just decided to be the crazy guy in the family who shows up to weddings in pink suits. Maybe it’s from losing to the Cavs three years in a row . . . .

    That cover of Vibe is pretty sick though, and I don’t even think Ciara is all that hot.

  • Camp Lo

    “I heard you got that scholarship to Georgetown. Congratulations…. Hmmmm….I wonder what Georgetown will think about those gifts you accepted….Hmmmm….Listen, ain’t no way you’ll be playin’ ball on no scholarship if the Bird-Man don’t win. You may be on the other team, but you still playin’ for me.”
    – Birdie (Pac), Above the Rim.

    I watched this movie way too many times back in the day.

  • Blue

    Jay-Z needs to STFU and stop taking credit for even a small fraction of lebron’s success.

  • T Dubbs

    Hope Jay Z’s coaching isn’t as horrible as his music.

  • Three Stacks

    I’d pick Black Thought for the verses and Erikah Badu for the hook.

  • rob stewart

    To Shujen: Believe me I am aware of how crazy the Bobby Valentino promotion sounds but he does have good beats.

  • http://GEE2.com GEE…I ain’t leavin

    Word on the skreets is Ciara acutally wasn’t nakey for the shoot and they air-brushed her that way.. Some real good air-brushin! Anyway she say she gone sue the mag.

    Jay ain’t did nothing bad. If LeBron is cool with it (the advice and all).

  • Kudabeen

    Hott Combo Three Stack…Man of good taste.

    I’d pick a focused Lauryn Hill…The most versatile and lyrical artist of our time…She could spit and handle the hook…

    If not her. It would be Black Thought and Jill Scott…

    (Coming up on the list though Lupe)

  • DHead

    Yo is that my homeboy Rob Stewart From Columbia, MO

  • http://myspace.com/verbose1 sans

    I feel you Three Stacks…but I’d go with Chuck D. His voice booms at you when he whispers, imagine if he was mad at you in the locker room…heads might explode. Even Dre, cause he could orchestrate an offense, and stay out of the limelight, let his players win the game.

    Oh, and Jay musta been talking about all the flagrant-1s and 2s they were handing out in the past 1st round.

  • Tyrone

    Jay Z is my main man y’all. The dude busts out rhymes like no other. It’s only a matta of time before Bron Bron in ballin’ in Brookln y’all.

    True thugz never lie.

  • Drink the Haterade (Kobe Rocks)

    How bout 2pac for the lyrics, Lauren Hill for the hook, Lupe Fiasco for the rap and Dr. Dre for the beats

  • Drink the Haterade (Kobe Rocks)

    Ok here it is

    2pac for the lyrics
    lauren hill for the hook
    Lupe Fiasco for the rap
    Dr Dre for the beats

  • rob stewart

    Yeah, that’s me. You should have known since I’m on the internet talking about RnB slow cuts (Bobby Valentino).

  • Kudabeen

    Bron has Jay-Z sending him personalized freestyles…Am I’m the only one bugging on how crazy that is…

    If I had Jay, Thought, Mos, Lupe, Andre 3k, or anybody sending me personalized freestyles to get me through the nonsense that would be perfect.

    I guess Jay couldn’t devise a couple lines for the rest of the Cavs to get them out of that Boston series…

  • Big Shot BOB

    @ post 19

    Hey Kudabeen I heard the last time anyone saw Lauryn perform she was a couple cans short. Don’t know if you wanna take life advice from her. Hey I know a lot of you dime guys are from NY what do people think of Jim Jones and the whole bird gang out there. Dude seems like he’s always challenging Jay like naming he’s record American Gangster too? Is he consider like a real alternative to Jay or just a wanna be?

  • DHead

    to Rob Stewart

    And I see you still got Love for BJ Armstrong.

  • rob stewart

    I even got a BJ Armstrong jersey that I still rock. Hit me at rs2rs2rs2@hotmail.com.

  • Drink the Haterade (Kobe Rocks)

    Nobody said 2pac–that dud told the truth, imo the greatest mc ever. As far as advice on life goes, how bout them dudes from POD? Bet they know a thing or two about life good and bad.

    Ok one question– Alot of cat’s been saying that the rockets are going to win the west? I don’t understand. TMac has never been out of the first round in his entire career, Yao is always injured and Ron is not what I would call a great chemistry guy. Last team he played for that would have possibly won the chip was the pacers and we say how that turned out.

  • Drink the Haterade (KB24 Chip 09)

    Ok so no one has mentioned 2pac, possibly the greatest MC of all time. Not that I would want my kids to take everything into account, but def worth listening to his side. He made a big difference with his music. Also how about someone really positive like P.O.D.

  • Drink the Haterade (KB24 Chip 09)

    OK I’m surprised nobody mentioned 2PAC (R.I.P.), imo the greatest MC of all time. He could talk to my kids about the stuff he saw. I’m sure he would’ve had some good knowledge of the streets most of us don’t. Also on a positive note what about P.O.D.

    Now one question, why is everyone saying that the rockets are going to win the chip this year or be in the west finals? T MAC has never gotten out of the first round. Ron is serious head case waiting to explode.Let’s not forget that last team he was on that could’ve made some noise… He started a riot and team chemistry has always been a problem with Ron. Yao has yet to prove he can stay healthy and after the Olympics and all that stress I doubt he’s gonna hold up. Not to mention Rick Adelman has never beaten a Phil Jax coached team.

  • http://www.myspace.com/carli_borikua4life QuEsT????

    r u crazy, what kinda advice could jay z give lebron?? “lebron my nigga, its a tough life, dunk on someone, throw up the roc sign, now uve got 99 problems but coming to new york aint one.” man danny ferry must be shitting on himself everytime lebron recieve an email

  • http://www.myspace.com/carli_borikua4life QuEsT????

    @ big shot bob jim jones is gay, in fact the whole dipset is gay except juelz. Cam’ron, gille, hell rell, 40 cal., freeky zeeky, and J.R Writer are all gay fake ass wannabe blood gangster……………fuck jameer nelson and id want souljaboy as my rapper mentor YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  • http://www.myspace.com/carli_borikua4life QuEsT????

    oh and fuckkkkkkkkkk david brandonnnnnnnn, u had the gayest pass the mic everrrrrrr. congratulations mothafuca u single handedly killed pass the mic. fuck u that sucked, and u call ur self a blogger, get the fuck out of here fuck u……..nothing personal

  • http://www.myspace.com/carli_borikua4life QuEsT????

    idont even know u and i know u fucking suck

  • http://www.myspace.com/carli_borikua4life QuEsT????

    i hope u read thissssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss muthafucka

  • solomon

    quest is hatin’ all over…

    but, LOL on “now uve got 99 problems but coming to new york aint one”

  • George W Kush Sr

    “T Dubbs says:

    Hope Jay Z’s coaching isn’t as horrible as his music.”

    You see, Cam’ron is still alive . . .

  • Quest is a Queer

    Quest…. go stick a dynamite up your ass , f–king flaming douchebag

  • http://www.myspace.com/carli_borikua4life QuEsT????

    lmfao nice touch david changing your name like that, thats nice shows how pathetic and how much u suck man

  • http://www.myspace.com/carli_borikua4life QuEsT????

    ur too much of a pussy to change ur name?????????????? it aint working man

  • zmafuel

    Hysterical. Straight from the school of “I can’t do, so I teach”…. Ladies and Gentleman, Mr. Jigga