On July 8, 2010, these words changed it all for NBA fans: “This fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach…”
LeBron James made his now infamous decision to join friends and fellow free agents Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat and shook up the world, at least when it comes to professional sports.
Fellow athletes Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan have weighed in, and so have a plethora of your favorite MCs . No one seems more excited than Miami native Rick Ross. MTV News has received footage from the night of James’ live ESPN special. While on the road promoting his Teflon Don LP (in stores Tuesday), Ross, on his tour bus, watched King James’ announcement.
In the footage, which was shot by Ross’ video director Spiff TV, Ross, hearing James reveal his plans, jumps up as if he were watching the former #23 make a game-winning shot in the seventh game of the NBA finals. Ross, wearing a black T-shirt, jumps out of his seat with his eyes and mouth wide open and both his arms extended with his hands balled up in fists.
“I told you!” Spiff yells. Meanwhile Def Jam executive Kendell “Young Sav” Freeman sits on the tour bus couch with a disappointed look on his face and says “damn.” Ross’ manager, Gucci Poochie, stands up and smiles. “Wow,” he says.
“God is great,” Ross says, holding his Blackberry, readying a tweet. “It’s over for the next decade, baby. 305. Wade County. Chris Bosh. The King James. And it’s gonna be Ricky Rozay on the wood! I ain’t in the stands, I’m on the wood! I’m at all the games, baby. Maybach Music. I’m on Miami Heat now. Miami Heat, let’s go, baby. 305, Wade County!”
Monday (July 19) morning, Ross was saluted by James, who tweeted lyrics from Ross’ new record, “Free Mason.”
“My top back like JFK, they wanna push my top back like JFK,” James wrote on his page. “So I JFK, join forces with the Kings and we ate all day!”
Ross responded on his page, writing, “Kings!!!!!! @KingJames bron bron. JFK!!!!”