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    I was listening to the recent Bill Simmons NBA podcast and they mentioned, Worldwide Wes. I had no idea who this was so I googled him and found this GQ Article from 2 years ago entitled, Is This the Most Powerful Man in Sports?.



    I had no idea he was, let alone his connections throughout the NBA and that he was in the midst at the brawl.

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    Thanks, fascinating paper.

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    worldwide wes is one of john calipari's goons. hes the one responsible for the "controversy" surrounding the recruitment of derrick rose and john wall. hes a real shady character who more than likely pays recruits. Tennessee juts lost one of our top recruits josh shelby and its rumored worldwide wes offered him cash to go to a nike school instead of an addidas school like tennessee

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    Tennessee juts lost one of our top recruits josh shelby and its rumored worldwide wes offered him more cash to go to a nike school instead of an addidas school like tennessee
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    It is a real shame that people like him exist in sports, and that people trust him far enough to get "benefits" from knowing or being associated with him on so many levels.

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    Fascinating article. Does anyone know when this was written?

    I would love for there to be more about this guy, not just to expose him but I find his life interesting. This article set a backdrop but man there are so many pictures to paint that I think a book is in order.


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    So what exactly is he? Backstage celebrity/Scout/"Uncle"?
    "I keep wondering the same thing. Last week they had the 4th worst record in the league, had an 11.9 percent chance of winning the lottery and were in line to land a franchise type player like Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins. This week? They have a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery, have the 8th worst record and are in line to draft Cole Aldrich or Greg Monroe. Way to go Jim O'Brien. Rest Danny Granger the rest of the season (if it isn't too late) and give Josh McRoberts lots of minutes. That ought to do it." - Chad Ford on winning meaningless games

    Way to go Jim, you may have just put our franchise back another 4+ years.

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    Wow. This is pretty crazy, not what he does, but the fact that I've never heard of him given all of this.

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    power brokers generally do their brokering in the shadows. The less attention he attracts, the more effectively he can do what he does.

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    By moving around so much and being landing ridiculously good recruiting classes at every stop, Calipari is proving just how much influence these power brokers have. He's a good coach and recruiter, but he's not that good of a coach and recruiter.

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    power brokers generally do their brokering in the shadows. The less attention he attracts, the more effectively he can do what he does.
    Kstat do you have any idea why there is such a Detroit connection here? Seems as though he filters in and out of Detroit a lot per the article, is it Dumars or something else?


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    And right now Worldwide Wes.....is sitting front row behind the Kentucky bench. Kentucky is playing Louisville on CBS.

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    Mortgage broker, Pimp, Sports Agent, Influence Peddler, he's apparently all of the above and more. I'm glad I'd never heard of him.

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    This guy was a hot topic a few years ago, I'm kind of surprised so many of you weren't aware of him.

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    This guy was a hot topic a few years ago, I'm kind of surprised so many of you weren't aware of him.
    I think a majority of the people who are really aware of WWW are big time college fans. A lot of the dealings he is involved in are far more controversial at the high school and college level than they are in the NBA. This is probably why some Pacers/NBA fans are first hearing about him now.

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    I think a majority of the people who are really aware of WWW are big time college fans. A lot of the dealings he is involved in are far more controversial at the high school and college level than they are in the NBA. This is probably why some Pacers/NBA fans are first hearing about him now.
    Yes, us Hoosier fans have been whining about him (with good reason) for years now.

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    Just got done reading it. Quite fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

    Actually, it makes me hope the front office of our Pacers has some kind of contact with him just to get more buzz on who is "hot" come late June.

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    I remember reading this when it came out. Really blew my mind how involved this guy is.

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    N.Y. Times adding one more picture to the mosaic.

    Good find Doc.


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    worldwide wes is one of john calipari's goons. hes the one responsible for the "controversy" surrounding the recruitment of derrick rose and john wall. hes a real shady character who more than likely pays recruits. Tennessee juts lost one of our top recruits josh shelby and its rumored worldwide wes offered him cash to go to a nike school instead of an addidas school like tennessee
    It's a little scary the apparent draw this guy has at the college level as an Indiana fan...

    Selby is still considering IU BTW which is also an Adidas school.
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    I have mentioned Keith Glass's book Taking Shots in a couple other threads - but once again, he touches on this subject as well. These types of guys (i.e. Wes) are ruining the agent business.

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    I wondered who that guy was

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    Very interesting story. I had always thought that if that security guard had pepper sprayed Ron, it would have resulted in a blinded rage, where he lost it completely. Very scary thought when it comes to Ronron. So I guess he really averted something even worse, if that is even possible.

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    I have mentioned Keith Glass's book Taking Shots in a couple other threads - but once again, he touches on this subject as well. These types of guys (i.e. Wes) are ruining the agent business.
    I always wondered who that guy was.

    What exactly does a runner do? If he basically just trying to push people to one agent over another?

    Sweabs, how is school going? Are you still doing sports journalism?

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