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One of the widely respected and admired players in the NBA, LeBron James, wields enormous power in the basketball world. The Los Angeles Lakers talisman has built a worldwide fanbase that cherishes the NBA star. LeBron mania has taken hold over the popular music world, which often references NBA players. One such famous music artist referenced LeBron in a fiery NBA rivalry.

Popular music artists, producer, and rapper Jay-Z came to LeBron’s defense against another NBA player. The rivalry developed between former Washington Wizards’ player DeShawn Stevenson and LeBron, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers back then. Stevenson described LeBron as overrated in the buildup to the 2008 playoffs.

Jay-Z, incensed with Stevenson’s disrespect towards LeBron James responded the way he knew best. Jay-Z dissed Stevenson in his song, ‘Blow the Whistle’ saying, “Uh! Ask my n****, Lebron! We so big we ain’t gotta respond. When you talkin to a don, please have respect like your talkin to your mom. We let the money do the talkin. As you see, we be talkin rather often.

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Jay-Z further added saying, “Who the f*** overrated?! If anything they underpaid him.” The song by Jay-Z played at a nightclub in Washington D.C. where LeBron hosted a party. LeBron on his side told the media, “there is no LeBron/DeShawn rivalry.

In his first spell with the Cavaliers, LeBron, and co failed in winning an NBA title for the franchise. He left for the Miami Heat in 2010, where he won two NBA titles. On his return to the Cavaliers, LeBron guided the franchise to their 2016 NBA title victory.

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The Cavaliers and LeBron James defeat the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals

LeBron James‘ herculean struggles in the 2016 NBA Finals resulted in the Cavaliers winning the title that season. Cavaliers fans boasted about their franchise’s first NBA title with LeBron to thank for his NBA Finals MVP performance. He led all other players in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks during a playoff series recording this for the first time in NBA history.

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An emphatic win against the Warriors secured LeBron’s third NBA title in his career. Fans attending the Finals witnessed LeBron record 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals, and 2.3 blocks. LeBron dropped a 40-point performance in Game 5 and scored 41 points in Game 6 thereby securing his NBA Finals MVP status.

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