Jadakiss On “7PM In Brooklyn”

Jadakiss On “7PM In Brooklyn”

Carmelo Anthony shares the advice he gave Damian Lillard before Bucks trade plus Jadakiss talks Andre 3000’s newest album and Phil Jackson’s time with the Knicks on “7PM in Brooklyn”.

We share this week’s episode of “7PM in Brooklyn”, a Wave Sports + Entertainment Original, hosted by NBA legend, Carmelo Anthony, and multi-talented comedian and host, The Kid Mero.

In the episode, Melo and Mero discuss the Milwaukee Bucks hitting their stride and Melo reveals why he told Damian Lillard to leave Portland ahead of his blockbuster trade to the Bucks.

Later in the episode, the guys discuss the upcoming NBA Christmas Day slate of games and Melo looks back on some of his favorite Christmas matchups including battles against Kobe Bryant and going head to head against Brandon Roy.

Later, the guys are joined by rapper, Jadakiss, to discuss his Knicks fandom, Phil Jackson’s tumultuous coaching stint with the Knicks, and how a chance meeting with Michael Jordan led to a lifetime supply of Jordan gear for Jadakiss.

Jadakiss On “7PM In Brooklyn”

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 07:38 – MELO SHARES HIS FAVORITE CHRISTMAS DAY GAMES HE PLAYED IN

The Brandon Roy game, Portland ain’t used to having Christmas games so the energy of Denver vs. Portland on Christmas was crazy. You had to be there to really understand it. Also knowing what type of player B-Roy was. We gotta come play tonight! To me, that was one of the top ones. The Kobe one was cool because I knew what I was getting myself into. It’s Christmas, everybody is watching the whole world is watching and you know I’m gonna shoot it 1,000 times.”

  • 13:00 – CARMELO REVEALS THE PERSONAL ADVICE HE GAVE DAMIAN LILLARD BEFORE HIS MOVE TO MILWAUKEE, AND WHY HE ENCOURAGED HIM TO LEAVE PORTLAND

Mero:We’ve been talking about Dame on the Bucks, the whole situation to get him there was a saga. You couldn’t escape that shit. So as a dude who was a franchise player on a team in Denver going to be their franchise player on another team with the Knicks, going through that process and knowing what it’s like did you holler at Dame?

Melo:We spoke. I was telling Dame, man get the fuck out here [Portland]. It wasn’t like a knock to Portland but it was, ‘Champ, you in the same situation I was in, in Denver. Our loyalty gonna kill us It’s gonna kill us!’ What do we have to see or know to make the decision? For me they had to hit rock bottom for it to be like alright I’m gonna go…So I’ve been telling Dame that, and finally, he was like ‘My loyalty is stamped in Portland. They better put a statue of Dame in Portland. It’s that deep of a connection. But I be telling him, ‘You gotta go’ because I knew what was gonna happen.”

  • 39:52 – JADAKISS AND MERO LOOK BACK ON PHIL JACKSON’S TUMULTUOUS STINT AS HEAD COACH OF THE NEW YORK KNICKS

Carmelo:As a fan of the Knicks, speaking of Phil what were the fans saying? Were the fans buying into it because the–

Jadakiss:Hell no! Where I come from they were killing Phil…So for Phil, they know he’s weird a little bit, you gotta be kinda weird to be a genius and a Zen master and all of that and we respect it. But don’t come here and get off the Zen and no longer be a master….I thought I read somewhere that he [Phil Jackson] only wanted to coach home games. That’s when I knew it was over. That’s when I knew we got the wrong Phil too.”

Carmelo:Yeah so that’s the issue I had too. I had that issue. Like what [do] you mean you only want to coach home games? Like, what did you come here for? We threw you the keys. Nobody else gon’ say nothing?

Jadakiss:You [were] very professional…you handled it, official gentleman business. You did it right.”

Carmelo:I studied the guys who came through New York. The Jeters, the A-Rods, the Marburys…I studied those New Yorkers to see how you should and should not navigate and shit you should and should not say [to the media].”

  • 52:20 – JADAKISS ON THE NEW ANDRE 3000 ALBUM “HIS BRAIN BELONGS IN THE GUGGENHEIM”

Jadakiss:I mean you gotta respect Three Stacks. I love Andre 3000…I respect his decision. For me, hip-hop is still too brand new. For it to be 50 years old, it’s the only genre of music that they…demographically categorize and put it into reasons of where you come from, there’s no such thing as East Coast country or down South pop or West Coast R&B. Hip-Hop is the only culture that they put into little umbrellas…I respect his opinion– for one, he’s a diabolical genius for real. Just the way his mind operates. His brain belongs in the Guggenheim or something like that, it’s incredible…people don’t look at it like that, you just want more music from him but he already say he don’t feel like he got nothing to say right now…Look, he might’ve been so successful but on the other side he needs something else to try. I don’t feel like that I still feel like I got a lot of stuff to get off my chest…I gotta respect his opinion to feel like this.”

  • 54:45 – JADAKISS ON CONTINUING TO RAP LATE INTO HIS CAREER AND WHY HE THINKS WE MAY SEE ANDRE3000 RETURN TO HIP-HOP SOONER RATHER THAN LATER

Jadakiss:I still feel like I got a lotta stuff to say and a lot of shit to get off my chest.”

Mero:He was like ‘I’m 48 what the fuck am I gonna rap about’ my colonoscopy?

Jadakiss:I don’t feel like that. I’ll tell you about the colonoscopy. I got some shit to get off anyway, no matter what’s going on in my life…but I have to respect his opinion to feel like that and I think after this he’s probably gonna sneak right back through the screen door and come back with something.”

  • 1:03:13 – JADAKISS SHARES HOW A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH MICHAEL JORDAN TURNED INTO AN ENDLESS SUPPLY OF JORDAN BRAND GEAR

Jadakiss:I think it was a Floyd fight that happened to be in Portland…He [Floyd Mayweather] was Jordan and had a little Jordan deal for a minute…I remember I went, met MJ, and had Jordan everything on. This is how I knew, he looks you up and down. What you got on determines how many words you [are] going to get from him. So if you got one of the competitors on, he might just give you an elbow or a head [nod]. If you don’t got Jordan’s brand or Nike…if he sees the symbol, your conversation is going to be a little more extensive…I had Jordan everything on. He’s like ‘Boy you look good, what you need’ I’m like what do you mean? I need everything! He [Michael Jordan] looked at somebody and said ‘Make sure he gets everything’ and the boxes haven’t stopped coming since!

  • 1:19:20 – MELO ON TELLING SYRACUSE COACHES HE WAS COMING BACK, SPARKING AN ARGUMENT WITH THE HC

Mero:As a ‘Cuse fan did you want him to stay or like ‘Yo, go to the league, get your bag!’?

Jadakiss:I knew he was out, I understood what was going on.”

Carmelo:…I really wanted to come back though. Yeah, I told [Jim] Boeheim I was coming back…It was different then. It wasn’t one-and-done. That was unheard of at that point in time. For me, it was like I never thought about it. I’m going to college, I’m going to hoop and enjoy college…So then I was like ‘Oh this is what college is really about’…Man, I’m staying. And I told him [Boeheim] if we lose, I’m coming back. That was a real tear though…I was like ‘you Boeheim, I’m coming back.’ We had a real heated argument.”

Mero:Because he was like ‘yo you gotta go.’

Carmelo:Yeah I told him I [was] thinking about coming back… He told me man, ‘Listen, leave your shit. Whatever you got in the apartment, leave it. You don’t need it. Get the fuck out of here. I better not see you back on campus.’

Jadakiss:Man, gotta love Coach Boeheim.”

Carmelo:But again, going back to it was unheard of, you know, like today it’s accepted.”

  • 1:42:31 – JADAKISS SPEAKS ON THE SUCCESS OF MA$E AND CAM’RON’S “IT IS WHAT IT IS” PODCAST, CALLS FOR MORE RAPPERS TO GET INTO SPORTS MEDIA AND VICE VERSA

Jadakiss:Fucking with it, definitely, with rappers making their way into sports. For years, we always have the comparison with rappers and athletes, some type of inspiration with each other. Y’all use music for warmups, for practice, come out the tunnel stretching. We have the games on every studio session… I think it’s vibrant…to have some athletes talking sports, and some rappers talking sports, instead of just old white guys in suits up there. Even though they have their own lane, they’ve made hundreds of billions of dollars but let’s switch it up. Not kick them out, but let’s mix it up… Let’s get some old white guys in suits on Vlad[TV]… And then we switch it up and we get some rappers in suits on these sports platforms. Let’s mix it up… What they call it when all the white people move to Harlem? Gentrification! We need gentrification in sports media and all of that. Let’s mix this shit up.”