Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
Slow news day in the NBA today, huh?
And as if there wasn't enough rock-solid and relevant info coming out — from the Russell Westbrook injury to the potential end of David Kahn's tenure as general manager in Minnesota to the fact that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry may not play tonight — there's no shortage of conjecture going on as well. One slice of speculation in particular jumped out, and what better way to kill a few hours waiting for Game 3 of the Golden State-Denver series here in Oakland than add some substance to said story.
This whole LeBron James-Jay-Z theory posited by ESPN's Bill Simmons in his always-entertaining "B.S. Report" podcast is fascinating, to be sure, but entirely unfounded.
Simmons breaks down why he thinks James will eventually join forces with music mogul Jay-Z, who recently divested his interest in the Brooklyn Nets in order to partner with Creative Artists Agency as a sports agent. This is the same agency that James left back in September to sign with childhood friend and former CAA agent Rich Paul as part of a new agency called Klutch Sports. To be clear, Simmons offers a disclaimer that his idea is his own and not based on the sort of insider info that Simmons so often cites.
The man at the center of the proposed reunion is William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley, the CAA coach's agent whose ties to James have been well-chronicled and, as the premise goes, has such an overwhelming and eternal influence on the best basketball player on the planet that he'll convince him to come back. But there is no reason to anticipate this happening.
The time has officially come to stop romanticizing the relationship with James and Wesley, and not only because of the obvious fact that the soon-to-be four-time MVP was willing to leave him behind and work with Paul in a partnership that isn't ending anytime soon. The 'Worldwide Wes' factor as it related to James had a Wizard-of-Oz feel to it all along, but the reality in the here and now is that James has long since moved on from that overhyped chapter and, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, the two hardly, if ever, speak these days.The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of their relationship.
And while Jay-Z and James are known to be close friends, there is no reason to believe discussions of any sort taking place between the titans of their respective industries about this kind of plan.
Now is the time for all sports agencies to look as powerful as possible. The best college players in the land are coming out and deciding every day which agent with which to sign, and the mere floating of a LeBron-Jay-Z scenario like this one at such a convenient time is enough to help CAA gain a few more points on the perception front. If only it were true.