The rapper, 41, sat courtside on Wednesday night to watch LeBron James surpass Michael Jordan’s all-time scoring record. James, 34, sank his 32,293rd career point in a game against the Denver Nuggets, replacing Jordan as the fourth highest scorer ever.
As a reward, 2 Chainz took off one of his diamond tennis necklaces and gave it to the Lakers player. “Thank you for everything … I love you bro,” the “I’m Different” rapper could be heard saying to James while the two embraced.
The rapper admires the basketball player for more than just his skills on the court: James served as executive producer on 2 Chainz’s new album “Rap or Go to the League,” which was released on March 1.
Speaking with GQ, 2 Chainz revealed that he chose to collaborate with his close friend to send a larger message to young African-American boys. “He has a campaign called ‘More Than An Athlete,’ which talks about how you can do more than going to the league. So I think that part was organic; he’s a friend of mine,” he said. “I know coming from where I come from, [basketball and rapping] are some of the options, among very few options, that we’re going to get. So I’m trying to show people that there’s a wider range for people to choose from.”
While 2 Chainz honored James, the star player paid homage to Jordan. His sneakers — an Air Jordan 3-inspired version of his own LeBron 16 shoes — featured a handwritten note: “Thank you M.J. 23.”