Birdman hails from New Orleans, but his favorite basketball team is from Miami, where he now resides. So when it comes to picking a favorite for this year's NBA Finals matchup between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Cash Money CEO is very clear. "It's Miami Heat all day in every kinda way," Baby told MTV News on Friday.
We caught up with Bird and Cash Money's newest signee, DJ Greg Street, in Atlanta while Street was broadcasting live from V-103. In anticipation of Sunday night's Game 3, Street urged OKC star Kevin Durant to put on a show, but Birdman was taking things just a bit more personally. "OKC gotta pay for their disrespect that they did with my son — that never would be honored," he said with a smirk.
Back in May, Birdman's "son" (and #1 selling artist on Cash Money) Lil Wayne wanted to take in an NBA Western Conference Finals game in Oklahoma City, but team officials refused to give Weezy any special treatment; they wouldn't provide any escorts or special parking, forcing the rap megastar to walk in with the rest of the fans. Wayne then became worried about his safety and the safety of the fans. "Why would you actually want to cause pandemonium? That's gonna make it harder for your security," Young Money president Mack Maine told RapFix in an interview after the incident.
Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney would later confirm that Wayne's people reached out to the team for a front-row ticket, but because it was a last-minute request they weren't able to accommodate the multiplatinum MC.
Tunechi eventually did catch a Thunder game live in Oklahoma City when he attended Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 12, but still he was left unhappy. "Again I was treated like sh-- by the Thunder arena staff ... dam I hope da Heat beat da dog sh-- out em," he tweeted.
The Thunder took Game 1, but the Heat won the next two games, including Sunday's 91-85 victory in Miami. LeBron James' Heat currently lead the best-of-seven game series 2-1.
Baby, who regularly attends Heat games, makes it clear that his issue isn't with the people of Oklahoma City or the team's individual players. "The arena, just the arena because I love the people of OKC — it's the arena and how they been disrespectful," he said.
"F--- them, I have no respect for them and the way they just disrespected another black man who tryin' to come to their arena that happens to be my son. It's Miami Heat all day every day anyway, but that's just how I feel personally."
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