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Nelly, Rapper And Minority Owner Of The Charlotte Bobcats, Stopped By The Studio To Talk NBA

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04-15-13 Bustin’ Loose Nelly, the Hip Hop Icon, Rapper and also Minority Owner of the Charlotte Bobcats stopped by the studio to talk about his new album, his crazy antics on the sidelines at Bobcats games, Kobe Bryant’s injury and the influence Jackie Robinson had on his life growing up as a black athlete.

Although he’s mostly known as an artist, Nelly is also a huge sports fan and he talked about one of his least favorite performances he took part in after his St. Louis Rams lost the 2001 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

“They still wanted me to go on [even after the loss]. I remember asking if they wanted me to, but I guess they had already cut the check, so I had to.”

Many people also may not know that Nelly is a minority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats as well, so he always tries to keep his finger on the pulse of the team wherever his career takes him.

“I’m always following everything that is Bobcats, as far as Twitter and Instagram. I kinda get an update on what’s going on, but it’s not as much as I’d like to.”

The rumors around Charlotte regarding its NBA franchise name change are heating hope, so we wondered if he had any inside information he could share with us.

“I have no inside information, but I think whatever is best to suit and inspire the city is what’s going to happen. Because the team is here for the city and the city is the team. So whichever way the most support is encouraged, I think that’s what is going to happen. If that’s what the city wants, that’s what they should keep pulling for.”

A recent contest on Bobcats.com allowed a fan to sit court-side with Nelly in their game against the New York Knicks, so he had some fun at the winners’ expense.

“I don’t think the fan knows they’re paying for the beer and popcorn yet, but they’ll get over it… They didn’t know when they entered the contest that was all included. It was in the fine print.”

He also had some interesting thoughts and comments on Kobe Bryant’s injury and the Lakers, as a team, moving forward.

“I don’t think the Lakers are going to be as bad as people think they are going to be… I think people forget they have a lot of really good players on that team. And now that the ball will be moving a little bit more, it will give those players the chance to play their game… Everybody’s been playing Kobe’s game. You play Kobe’s game when you come to the Lakers. You learn to play with Kobe. Kobe doesn’t learn how to play with you.”

There were plenty more headlines around the league to discuss while Nelly was in the studio, so be sure to listen to the rest of the great interview. You can follow Nelly on Twitter @Nelly_MO, and while you’re waiting for his new album “MO” to drop, make sure you check out all of Nelly’s music on iTunes here.

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