As the CEO of Roc Nation, Jay-Z no doubt calls the shots regarding the talent his company signs, but things might be a little different when it comes to his minority ownership in the Nets basketball franchise. This week the NBA team completed a deal to sign former Dallas Maverick player, DeShawn Stevenson, to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The twist: Back in 2008, Hov took a few shots at Stevenson on the freestyle “Blow The Whistle,” after Stevenson made some disparaging comments about his pal Lebron James.
In an interview three years ago, Stevenson called the Miami Heat superstar “overrated” – prompting James to address the issue by saying that a response to the jab would be like his pal Jay-Z responding to Soulja Boy (who actually happens to be close pals with Stevenson). The mild dustup prompted Jay-Z to record the diss freestyle “Blow The Whistle” which took some swipes at Stevenson.
Stevenson is fresh off an NBA championship run with reigning titleholders the Dallas Mavericks. As a role player who stepped up big in the 2011 finals against LeBron’s Heat squad, Stevenson brings a gritty style of play to a team in desperate need of attitude.
No word yet if Stevenson and Jay-Z have patched up their past differences. James and Stevenson already settled the beef early this spring, calling it a “different type of situation.”