First, a disclaimer – I think Kentucky Men’s Basketball coach John Calipari is a complete slime-ball, used car salesman cheater. He seems like a nice guy in interviews, but there is no doubt in my mind that he is dirty.
Lebron James spent his off day Saturday afternoon sitting courtside at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY with his good buddy/advisor William Wesley, aka World Wide Wes, watching Lebron’s “friend,” John Wall and the Kentucky Wildcats crush the Vanderbilt Commodores 85-72.
Lebron was the “Y” in the celebratory “Kentucky” cheer on the floor in front of over 23,000 adoring fans. They adore Lebron all of a sudden because the man they now treat as a God, Calipari, says so. His Cats debuted the brand new Lebron shoe on Saturday, which they of course all loved. Lebron has also been seen plenty wearing Kentucky Basketball gear, completely out of nowhere this year.
Why you ask?
Well because the worst kept secret in the college game is that Wesley “advises” Calipari. He also has been known to “advise” some of the top high school players in the country over the past several years – the one and done kids. Players with known ties to WWW include former Memphis Guards Dajuan Wagner (Wesley’s god son), Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans, and this year’s stud, Wall. Wall was a heavy Memphis lean until Calipari bolted for Kentucky. UK, a school that Wall never considered, all of a sudden became his choice.
The Lebron/WWW connection began back when The King was in High School, and since then he has gained influence in Lebron’s camp. WWW has even been listed in an outstanding GQ piece as the most powerful man in sports. Nobody knows who pays him. Yet his fingers are all over the game of basketball, college and pro, with so many of the top players. From Lebron to Allen Iverson to Michael Jordan, Wesley is in with then all. That’s not even bringing into account the relationship he has with agent Leon Rose – Lebron’s agent. Said super-agent David Falk in the GQ piece ““Leon Rose doesn’t have any clout. Wes has clout.”
This brings us to John Wall. The best player in the college game and the sure #1 overall pick in this summer’s draft, is also allegedly under the wing of Wesley. The worst team in the NBA, by leaps and bounds, is currently the New Jersey Nets; a team that is about to have a new Russian billionaire owner, oodles of cap room, and a soon to be built new arena in Brooklyn. If they land the first pick in the lottery, Wall will no doubt be their man.
Fanhouse beat me to print, but it has been in my mind for a while. I just hate to speculate on Lebron’s future. After all, he put out the moratorium on all free agent talk, and who am I to disobey The King? I know the theory seems outlandish, but it isn’t as far fetched as you would think. Wall ends up in New Jersey. With all that cap space to sign potentially two max players, a young budding center in Brook Lopez up front, a new splashy arena, and the bright lights of New York, The Nets all of a sudden could look pretty appetizing to Lebron and his “team.” Oh, did I mention, they don’t currently have a Head Coach? Dare I bring up the name John Calipari for the opening?
As for his relationship with Wall, Lebron has said the following:
“Yeah, I have a relationship with him,” James said. “A really good relationship. With not only John, but his family. We talk all the time.”
Now I have no idea what WWW would get out of advising Lebron to go to the Nets. For all I know, Wesley could be telling Lebron to sign a three-year deal in Cleveland, then hit the market at age 28 the next time he would be a free agent. In the end, it’s still Lebron’s decision.
Again, I hate the topic of Lebron free agency speculation, but seeing the Calipari/WWW/Lebron/Wall connection all together this weekend sparks some thought. And after all, that is what we try to do here at WFNY – try to make you think!
Calipari’Lebron photo via UK Athletics