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The power struggle going on around LeBron

Jun 29, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for James_solo.jpgIt’s about influence. And power.

Influencing LeBron James decision on where to play next year, because it will add or subtract to the power of someone around him.

Earlier today we talked about how it is better for William Wesley if LeBron James moves on from Cleveland. However, for Maverick Carter and LeBron’s high school friends have more power if he stays in Cleveland.

So now we get this from Jonathon Abrams in the New York Times:

But Maverick Carter, James’s longtime business manager, said Tuesday that Wesley would not play a role in James’s deliberations and would not be present as various teams visit his client in Ohio.

“All the Wes rumors are untrue and he will not be at the meetings,” Carter said. “Wes has nothing to do with where he goes.”

James, Carter and James’s agent, Leon Rose, are scheduled to be at the meetings…

Sure, there’s no power struggle around James.

The thing is, Wesley was the guy who guided James to Leon Rose. The two have worked together for years. If Rose is in the room, the spirit of Wesley is in the room.

And Wesley wouldn’t want to be in the room anyway. He is the back-room deal guy. Although some of his recent steps — like trying to get teams to trade for Chris Paul to pair with James — seem a little far fetched.

We are only seeing glimpses of the picture. We do not see the whole tapestry. But what we do see looks familiar — men fighting over power and influence. Just in a different setting this time.

  1. travis - Jun 29, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    I’m from Cleveland and this World wide wes guy is a scumbag

  2. randallhank - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Hollinger has the power dynamic backwards. While Lebron might have an extended network of people interested in keeping him in Cleveland, Maverick Carter and LRMR have only one interest and that is Lebron James. Lebron was never going to betray his best buddies and business advisors, so Carter et al would continue to represent him in business dealings no matter where he goes. LRMR has represented Lebron quite well over the years, including continuing is relationship with Nike and developing other endorsement opportunities. Despite “World Wide” Wes’ thinly veiled implications, I dare say that for a man without a championship, Lebron has done quite well for himself in the business department. Why would he change a formula that’s been working, especially if it meant disloyalty to his childhood friends? On the contrary, it is Wesley that has far more to lose from his mythical clout if he fails to land Lebron for another team. Wesley hasn’t actually brokered a deal for anything or anyone in his entire life. He’s a schmoozer, a professional networker with no actual business acumen. He is the NBA agent equivalent of a drug runner, ultimately just an errand boy for agents and real businessmen. He schtick works when he is dealing with unsophisticated NBA players who may prefer his “behind the scenes approach,” but his power is only derived from the perception that he may be driving the process. If Lebron resigns in Cleveland, therefore, it is Wesley who has lost face.

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