Yes, the agents. I’m not talking like they just won a playoff series. I’m talking like these agents are the Superbowl MVPs. These brilliant men have hooked themselves up with some of the finest athletes in the world. For that connection, they get rewarded on a scale us dreamers could only wish we were on. For that, the true Kudos goes out to Andy Miller, Tony Dutt, and Rob Pelinka. Who are these fine gentlemen you might be asking? In the business, they are known as ( in order): Chauncey Billups’ agent, Rashard Lewis’ agent and Gerald Wallace’s agent. When General Managers of teams are crying when their big stars’ contracts are up, these agents are licking their chops, planning out a way to get their client, as well as themselves, the top dollar. After all this agent talk, how can you not bring up Jeremy Piven, aka Ari Gold from the HBO show Entourage. Piven seems so comfortable in that role of a celebrity agent, it gets you wondering how effective he would be in real life? If I was a young player like Greg Oden, I would much rather have Piven on my side rather than ex-teamate Mike Conley Jr.’s dad repping me. This just proves Oden’s lack of maturity. If he was smart, true agents are the ones to represent you, not a friend’s dad. Although Oden gives “trust” as the main reason why, this is kind of a stupid move. I’m sure all the other basketball agents are laughing at Oden’s agent, knowing they could have got the number one overall pick more money and better endorsements.
Wouldn’t you rather have this guy trying to make you top dollar?