Worldwide Wes

William Wesley & Ron ArtestHave you ever heard the name William Wesley? Probably not. He’s not employed by the NBA but is one of the most prominent figures in the National Basketball Association. In a partnership with his personal attorney Leon Rose, ‘Worldwide Wes’ has attracted such names as Allen Iverson and LeBron James to his posse and has been seen in the company of Michael Jordan and several Nike execs. When Wes spots talent, he jumps on it, giving everything and receiving nothing in return directly. Shown on the right, William Wesley jumps out of his court-side seats to hold Ron Artest back from further reacting to a fan that threw a beer at him last season. People in the NBA know of Wes and know that he’s the one to go to with any problems. There are several theories floating around about how Wes makes his money, considering that he doesn’t get paid directly by anyone in the NBA, the most prominent being that his lawyer pays him to fetch new high-dollar clients. Here’s an article about several of the theories.
Whatever it is, William Wes is surely a person that gets things done under the radar, albeit he’s a nice guy too.

6 Responses to “Worldwide Wes”

  1. 1 Idetrorce
    December 16, 2007 at 6:47 am

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

  2. 2 Travis Laine
    January 10, 2008 at 2:13 am

    what exactly don’t you agree with? could you be more specific?

  3. May 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm


    I was at training for a new business position in MN when hoops became part of the subject matter with a new colleague.

    In mentioning my life growing up in South Jersey with strong basketball ties via my father’s playing and coaching careers ranging from the Ivy League, Big 5, Baker League, Eastern League, CBA and Woodrow WIlson HIgh in Camden with now legendary Terrapin coach Williams; this complete stranger frrom NOrthern CA asks me if I’ve ever heard of some guy they call “worldwide wes”.

    mind you, i’m way out of the NBA loop and follow little college ball beyond Maryland so until i read your article my only recollection of any “wes” albeit not one of worldwide variety was the slick dude who sold me (are you ready for this?) my first pair of shell top adidas at the sneaker spot where my dad “had the hookup for good deals” and one of my favorite places on earth “the pro’s shoe”. yeah, he sold me a pair of the “3 striped bullshit” but times were different then.

    i was a fifth grader on a mission and needed my fix for an ever expanding love for all things hip hop. although on a obviously far less significant level, wes knew exactly shoe for me.

    i can actually recall both the lakers victory(billy thompson, milt wagner) and the miami hurricanes national championship(billy’s nephew sean eventually received a scholarship for football at miami and i’m fairly certain wes’s high school class mate at pennsauken high “greg mark” played defensive tackle that championship year).

    why am i rambling on about all of this you may wonder? well, my colleague’s mention of your article brought back vivid memories of watching both games with my dad and our sheer surprise in wes from “pro’s shoe” getting tv time in the laker’s locker room and miami’s sideline.

    at the time we perceived wes as a well connected enterprising kid who was “everywhere” however everywhere was defined on a much more local level. his ties to the wagner and thompson families were well known however his appearance were still kind of staggering.

    and now this article. damn wild stuff seeing a local play his hand to full capacity and rise to the literal top.

    i’m grateful that chance put the link to your article in my blackberry. upon reading it, my father who’s a tough critic took the time to call and thank me for sending it his way.

    he jokingly suggested getting in touch with wes to see if he could reivent his coaching career overseas. we shared a great laugh.

    thank you travis!

    kirk and stan pawlak

    ps as i’m still a staunch “three stripe” fan and customer, i’m a little bitter about wes’s comments on that front. i suppose is south jersey charm didn’t go over so well with the germans. ha ha ha.

  4. 4 Travis Laine
    May 4, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    thanks for the comment- there was also an article about him almost a year ago in GQ magazine (july 2007 i believe) titled something to the effect of “the most powerful man in sports” that you might be interested in reading.

  5. 6 chris
    December 3, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    not a nice guy, says one thing does another. about 4 years ago i helped him out big time at an NBA star’s family party and said he’d get me some Nikes in return. gave me his number and email, but no reply and no shoes.

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