If there was ever a person who needs to write a book about how to win influence through a winning personality, that would be William Wesley, a middle-aged mortgage broker.
He’s only the most powerful man in basketball, according to ESPN writer Scoop Jackson. To the hundreds of blinged out ballers who are acquainted with him, Mr. Wesley is better known by his moniker: “Worldwide Wes.”
Wes is known as a guy who can put a budding young player in touch with the right people. He has icons like Michael Jordan, Jay-Z, and LeBron programmed into his cell phone.
Though not a lot of people can pinpoint what exactly he does, Wes has earned the reputation of being one of the most influential people in the NBA. Want to get to LeBron? Talk to Wes. Want a high-profile high schooler to commit to your school? Talk to Wes. Why? No one can say definitively. Or at least no one will say definitively.
For years Wes has been the Da Vinci Code of the NBA. Beat reporters have tried to score interviews with him or to get his friends to open up about the power broker/favor trader of the stars. He’s been spotted with many of the league’s all-stars. And like Waldo, television viewers with eagle eyes could spot him at just about every major sporting event in the country.
But there was a problem for the story-hungry journalists looking to break the enigma. No one would talk. Not Wes. Not Michael Jordan, who Wes latched on to sometime during his reign on top of basketball. The league had its own code of Omerta when it came to Wes.
The wall of silence even prompted a NBA writer out of New Jersey to dedicate his website as an online Wikipedia for anyone with knowledge of Wes. Other writers have tried but barely managed to scrounge more than a 1,000 words on the man. It’s hard to write a story when nobody talks to you.
GQ is the latest
to try and pull Excalibur out of the rock. In his story, Alex French details how Wes steered Dajuan Wagner to Memphis to spend a year boning co-eds before entering the NBA draft. Anybody pissed the Cavs spent a lottery pick on him? You can blame it on Wes.
The story also details how Wes has been brought into LeBron’s circle of trust. He even moved into an apartment across from the chose one in downtown Cleveland. Many speculate Wes was behind BronBron’s decision to fire his agent Aaron Goodwin and hire Leon Rose as his replacement. That’s how much sway people think Wes has.
So if LeBron decides to bolt the city when his contract expires, make sure you grab your torch and head for Wes’ home. – T.K. Kim