Looks like Jay-Z really wanted to impress Mikhail Prokhorov! MediaTakeOut reported, per an "extremely credible insider," that the rap mogul feels dissed by LeBron James during James' free agency sweepstakes, "Jay Z was supposed to be able to bring stars to [the New Jersey] Nets - or at least have access to them. [During the time that LeBron was making his decision] he didn't even take [Jay Z's] calls. It made [Jay Z] look like he couldn't deliver to the Nets management... If [Jay Z] would have landed a star player, he could have been seen as a legitimate asset to the team. Now they see him as just dead weight."
Gatecrasher gets this take from another "insider": "Jay never expected LeBron to sign with the Nets. He knew that no 25-year-old kid with James' profile was going to spend years in Newark. But he's pissed, or at least disappointed, that LeBron didn't consult with him."
Jay-Z is an investor with the Nets, but he does play a public role by discussing the team when he's on talk shows like the Late Show with David Letterman.