OK, that’s not even close to the correct quote. But in the wake of DeShawn Stevenson’s LeBron-baiting making the Wizards SG “the most hated man in Cleveland”, Washington’s first round playoff series against the Cavs might not benefit from a hip hop analogy says one prominent performer who bristles at being compared to Stevenson. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Branson Wright :
DeAndre Way (above) is not much of a basketball fan, and he surprisingly has never seen LeBron James play. So when Way saw that James mentioned his stage name, “Soulja Boy,” in a recent article, Way was caught way off guard.
“Someone from Interscope Records called me and sent me the quote,” Way said. “I looked and didn’t really think much about it. LeBron said something like he was Jay-Z and DeShawn [Stevenson] is Soulja Boy. I took that as [disrespectful].”
Following the Cavaliers practice on Friday in preparation of today’s Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs against the Washington Wizards, James said he was not trying to be disrespectful to Way.
When I first came out, there [were] a lot of people that did my dance from football players to basketball players to soccer players,” said Way, 17. “So this makes me feel like a very important individual. I’m in the middle of this conversation in the playoffs, and that makes me feel good. I knew my name was going to come up in sports, because of the song, but I never thought it would come up in a conversation like that.”
Although Way admitted he doesn’t have much of basketball talent, he would not oppose a 2-on-2 basketball game for charity between himself and Stevenson against James and Jay-Z.
“Oh man, let’s do it,” Way said. “I can’t hoop, but we all have money, and I can quickly get some training.”