Prokhorov takes Jay-Z to the next level

Updated: June 7, 2010, 10:07 AM ET
ESPNNewYork.com

In an interview with the June 24 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Jay-Z offers his take on the LeBron James sweepstakes. The rapper says he has no blueprint for bringing his pal to the New Jersey Nets.

"That's his decision," the hip-hop mogul, who owns a piece of the Brooklyn-bound Nets tells "Rolling Stone." "We're friends -- we've still gotta hang out! I don't want to convince somebody to do something, then have to see him and say, 'Uh, yeah, we're 4-30 ... sorry.'"

Recruiting the NBA's reigning two-time MVP is instead up to new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov -- and Jay-Z thinks the deep-pocketed Russian is up to the task. The pair first met at the posh Four Seasons hotel in midtown Manhattan, and the rapper recalls he was duly impressed by the multibillionaire oligarch.

"I'd been staying there for 10 years, and I always thought I was at the top level," Jay-Z said. "But when I met Prokhorov, they took me up to this extra, extra room that I had never even heard of before.

"Now there's something else to shoot for. There's always an extra level you don't know about."

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