The age-old saying goes, “Keep your friends close, and keep your enemies closer.” Well that saying does not apply to this situation, but it is a pretty neat saying. Since Lebron’s blockbuster signing with the Heat, every major publication has produced their view on how the whole “Decision” went down. It has made for a very intriguing story and really should be turned into an ESPN “Outside the Line’s Special” and maybe even a movie depending on what transpires over the next couple of years.
From my view, Lebron James has undergone what I like to call “The Entourage Effect.” Yes I just made up a term relating to my favorite television show, the HBO hit series “Entourage.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with the television series, the protagonist is an up and coming actor by the name of Vincent Chase (loosely based on Mark Wahlberg). Vince is surrounded by his 3 best buddies at all times. His “Entourage” consists of his driver Turtle. His cook and half-brother, Johnny Drama, and his manager and best friend Eric (E). The biggest mistake Vince ever made was hire E as his manager. E is his best friend and will always try to do what is best for Vince. But the problem is, that during the early seasons of the show, E had no professional experience and just managed Vince with his gut. As the years have gone on, E has become better and much more familiar with the business, but still had a good few blunders in the early years which really hurt Vince’s image. The only smart decision Vince ever made in his early years was to hire, super agent, Ari Gold.
Lebron James has let childhood buddies such as Maverick Carter, Randy Mims, and Richard Paul tarnish his legacy. It is fine to set up your buddies nice and keep them around, but you must make sure the professional help (Ari Gold’s of the world) is there when you need it. Maverick apparently was the brain trust behind the idea of the “Decision” hour-long special. Talk about a blunder! Lebron now has haters all over the country thanks solely into how this entire summer was handled but especially for the hour-long television special. This blunder was reminiscent of the “Medellin” blunder on “Entourage.”
Vince on the show “Entourage” has had many maturity issues over the years. And currently is in the midst of an extreme sports mentality that is really clouding his judgment. Lebron James has many maturity issues and it is now coming out how Coach K did not want him on Team USA. Lebron was a problem and all of the players recognized the “King’s” maturity issues.
I recommend Lebron does his best to mature quick and hires some more professional help to serve in his inner circle. Buddies such as Maverick Carter, Randy Mims, and Richard Paul have really hurt his image and will continue to.
Lebron James is currently a major victim of “The Entourage Effect.”
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