NEW YORK -- Bringing a major sports franchise back to Brooklyn makes Jay-Z feel like he's living the American dream.
The 43-year music mogul and entrepreneur says when he was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, he pretended on the basketball court to hit the winning shot at the buzzer.
He never dreamed he'd own a basketball team.
Now Jay is part owner of the Brooklyn Nets and instrumental in moving the franchise from New Jersey.
He feels his rags-to-riches story embodies all that is possible in America.
And before his new team takes to the court, the rapper will christen the new arena with an eight-show run beginning Friday.
Jay made the comments at the launch of the video game NBA 2K13, which he acted as executive producer.
By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press
The Associated Press