“Within 10 minutes of Kobe’s announcement, we had thousands of inquiries and sales,” said Harris Rosner, owner of Los Angeles-based VIP Tickets. “This is definitely bigger than a guy like [Derek] Jeter and it’s bigger than [Michael] Jordan in the sense that Jordan was always so wishy-washy no one ever knew if it would really be the end,” said Patrick Ryan, co-owner of Houston-based ticket brokerage, The Ticket Experience.
John Wall is in the second year of a five-year, $80 million contract extension with the Washington Wizards but the point guard is a free agent in the high-stakes sneaker industry for the first time in his career. The two-time all-star’s contract with Adidas expired on Sept. 30, making him available to sign with any sneaker company.
“My main focus is just play basketball. I let my agents and marketing team and them negotiate and talk,” Wall said after shoot-around at the Palace of Auburn Hills before Saturday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons. “I’m just trying to focus on the season and not worry about what’s going on off the court and play basketball.”
The Lloyd Daniels story so moved Carmelo Anthony, he wanted to get involved. Anthony has his hand in many business endeavors, which now includes documentary films. It was announced Anthony is the executive producer of the new film on NYC playground legend Lloyd “Swee’ Pea” Daniels of the 1980s and ’90s called “The Legend of Swee’ Pea.”
The Knicks have a multi-lingual, multi-skilled and extremely marketable talent, but Porzingis’ agent, Andy Miller, said he is looking more for business partnerships – which will surely develop in time – over simple endorsement opportunities for his client. The overwhelming attention has made it increasingly tougher for Porzingis to find a place to eat without being recognized. Some people assume he’s important when he enters a room simply by his sheer size.