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YouTube enjoy Taylor is joining me five minutes from now rich Kleiman who is a business partner business manager of Kevin Durant I don't know why he went to Brooklyn from the warriors but be that as it may we're gonna ask a bunch of questions and have rich Kleiman on that'll be funny used to be kind of in the music business any segue over to Kevin Durant basketball I I think music and basketball actually have a lot of connections joy is joining me joy how are you I'm doing good staying home staying home so I've always had a theory I say things and then people react to things I say I don't react to your reaction of my reaction there are occasional exceptions when members of the media print something inaccurately about me fans I don't care fans are fanatics they love me they hate me doesn't matter what does matter though is that you don't know the truth about stories that I break which are infrequent because I don't consider myself really a reporter or a slash journalist but I do talk to GM's all the time and coaches all the time and scouts all the time in all sports and that's why I occasionally breaking story like go couple weeks ago when Tom Brady chose the Tampa Bay Buccaneers we broke it nationally we beat all the we beat the chapters we beat everybody and there's a lot of great NFL reporters I beat him by about six hours that's not my business but I did it it's reported today by Mike Florio and he's got a website I don't have it in front of you but a website a football website has a radio TV show he said cow herd has a relationship with a team that dates back the Chargers that dates back to the time they let him in his war room and the Chargers are spreading the word they don't want cam Newton and so coward had little choice but to play ball and that he's talking about here at Newton's a much better pick than Tyrod Taylor which I don't think today he necessarily is I says the Chargers by all appearances handed him the news that Tom Brady a pick Tampa over LA well let me protect not me but the Chargers no they did not no they did not and that's why I want to comment on this inaccuracy let me tell you the Chargers did not tell me who it was in fact I texted the general manager of the Chargers the second I got the news and I said Tom chose Tampa I'm sorry I know you wanted him badly or something there about the general manager Tom Telesco sent me something that I'm not going to repeat and that was a little shocked by later that day to show you the class of the Lasko he didn't have to do this I was surprised he did I was at home taking a nap the phone rang I picked it up it was him he called to congratulate me on breaking the story nobody handed me this in the NFL it was the only time in my career that I broke an NFL story with a non NFL source in fact that non NFL source is tackled thinks it's hysterically funny that the biggest story of the NFL was broken by him who happens to be a friend of Tom Brady and an acquaintance and a friend of mine so let me just clear the air to protect the Chargers they did not hand me that story they didn't now I'm not religious but I swear on a stack of pseudo bibles that's not where I got it in fact I told them all right let's move is that is rich they're awesome its clients Kevin Durant's business partner co founder thirty five ventures founded with KD they're doing this thing called cue ball it's a documentary chronicles the lives of incarcerated basketball players San Quentin state prison at its remarkable stuff is on Fox Sports what I'm hearing it's unbelievably well done and rich is joining us let me start with this so I want to talk about Kevin he tested positive for Colbert nineteen K. so let's just address that first ridge how is Kevin Kevin is fortunately feeling great he is way past the isolation period he's symptom free he is all tents and purposes now back to the similar isolation that were all kind of getting used to with the guidelines that were put in place but nothing more than what we're dealing with now it is out of the kind of dark period so thanks for asking and he's feeling pretty good this was always going to be a difficult year Kevin is verbal he likes to talk you like social media and a lot of people do I have friends that are on their phones all day my kids and so when he got shut down for the year he's an artist and he couldn't do his artistry he couldn't play basketball worries probably first or second best player in the world I always thought joined I said it's gonna be tough for Kevin because Kevin likes to perform has it been difficult not just the virus but for a great performer to not perform if I was if I was a great artist and I couldn't sing for a year that's that takes away a big chunk of me how tough is this all been for Kevin well you are an artist by the way and if they took away your show you'd be miserable yes I think there is a I think there's the obvious but you know when when your true love and in your life's passion is taken away from you there's that feeling that exact feeling the literal feeling of like this thing I love more than anything the world I can't do I can't play basketball but I think that he's incredibly mentally strong I think some people question that because of his kind of banter on social media and I think one clearly has nothing to do with the other and he's incredibly mentally strong and I think he was quick before anyone around him before all his friends and and family to see this as some sort of blessing and know that that was the only way he could look at and to start to watch film to start to kind of master the the the mental side of the game to take a well needed reprieve I mean you think about how hard these guys go from the age of eight nine ten years old I think he really looked at it as like an opportunity in that way to kind of understand and learn the organization to kind of defined his voice within the organization to watch his team play to be in coaches meetings to be active I mean everyone saw how active he was on the bench this year and you know I think you have to see it as a blessing but of course when you're Kevin Durant if you're anybody that is something taken away that they love it's you know it's frustrating you are you know it's it's funny you were in sports and then there's you work in music and you're back to sports and I think more than any sport every sport has a different sensibility rich Kleiman joining us partner with Katie and I think basketball and music have always been connected at the hip for years and I grew up loving the NBA in the seventies now and I I've always felt there's kind of a music NBA think now more than ever you worked with Jay Z. so your sports he worked with Jay Z. or hearing music and now you're back to sports are there similarities I mean get kind of take me through that tunnel of you know so Abertis stars music in sports and how they're conjoined yeah well I mean I think I think it's it's been well documented and been pretty obvious for for decades now how a matched you know the world of hip hop is in and the world of basketball I think for me I was always obsessed with the world of sports and I had such a gauge on my own ability which I think is a rare a lot of times our kids at like play so much and try so hard to make it to certain levels I knew pretty early on like I I would be in the right gyms in New York to quickly know that my days were numbered and I would be in the right rooms at the right players growing up in New York and say well I can't even like imagine moving at that speed but I didn't want to be out of the gym like I just wanted to be around it and when I would go to NYC games I found myself just glued to the court side seats to just glued to the the energy around the different personalities that were in the arena and just how incredible all of that was and for me it was like if I can be close to the game in that way in any way that I got to pursue that and I saw so many similarities with kind of the just natural inherent cruel that people in the NBA had to me when I was a kid entities like music impresarios into these guys that were kind of creating their business in their enterprise just by themselves you know people like Jae'Sean people like puff Daddy and people like Jimmy IBM you saw this happening and for me like I started in sports I was trying anyway to get into it so much so that like I was a bookie in college but will show that process do with sports so when I had an opportunity to work on this show the live on ESPN I felt like I was this close to sports at that point in my life but I was going to get but the only real job that for me was the music and they told me that a music budget they tell me if I didn't spend that ought to keep it so right away I said okay I'm not spending any of it then and I went and found all these unsigned artists and producers and young labels in New York and I started saying that we get your music on the credits on ESPN's the life you know I can't pay you but it's going to be you can sit in the living room with your family so then that you made it that brought me into the music industry ultimately my journey through music I was able to meet JZ opportunity work for him for years and work on different projects in music with different Grammy nominated artist I managed artists that incredibly successful today but I knew that sports was my life's passion and when I had the opportunity to get back into it I really just never look back on music and it was it was odd for a lot of people around because I had put so much into it but that's not what I cared about like I study collective bargaining agreements when I was younger because I thought it was cool I memorized box scores I knew every college of every player that played for the teams in the eighties and nineties so when I had the opportunity to get back into sports I just jumped into it and I think all the different like principles that I've learned in the entertainment business and all the different kind of deal making strategies in the personalities and just understanding how to communicate with talent I was able to take that add to that what I knew so well in terms of sports in the business of sports and then for me it just felt natural from that point forward you know can't I've compared Kevin the Aaron Rodgers great transcendent generationally relevant smart on and on the court smart with business both have some Silicon Valley ties and both are sensitive and I've said repeatedly on the.