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MavsFanFinley
07-07-2003, 08:47 PM
LeBron's agent wishes charity game was closed

By Darren Rovell

ESPN.com

LeBron James, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, will play his first game in NBA uniform with the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, but James' agent, Aaron Goodwin, told ESPN.com Monday night that he'd rather James have a chance to play competitively in private before being exposed to public scrutiny.

"This is supposed to be a learning experience, but it's hard for it to be when there will be more than 10,000 fans there and more than 100 members of the media," Goodwin said. "Before this year, the Magic's summer league was closed, but now they've opened it up (for a day) and in doing so, LeBron's every move will be watched, his every dribble, his every shot.

"I know LeBron welcomes the challenge, but I also realize he's just 18 years old," Goodwin said.

Last week, Goodwin advocated that the Magic give some of the proceeds from the $5 tickets to games to Cleveland-based charities. The Magic earmarked funds for the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. As of Monday night, it was still unclear whether the team would give any proceeds to the Cavaliers, Goodwin said.

"This has nothing to do with greed," Goodwin said. "LeBron has been exploited throughout his high school career and we wanted to see if we could use this opportunity to give something back to Cleveland."

Goodwin says James will wear Nike shoes, but will not preview James' signature model. A limited-edition James shoe is scheduled to come out on the first game of the regular season, with the first mass-market shoe hitting stores along with the apparel in late November.

MavKikiNYC
07-07-2003, 09:17 PM
What a load of $hit.

Privacy? Gladly.

Keep him the hell off of the TV screens that I watch, out of the newspapers that I read, and out of my face, and I promise that I'll pretend this flame-out-in-the-making doesn't exist.

(cf article on Tarpley bankruptcy)

kg_veteran
07-07-2003, 09:40 PM
James' agent, Aaron Goodwin, told ESPN.com Monday night that he'd rather James have a chance to play competitively in private before being exposed to public scrutiny.

Let's see. Would Goodwin rather his client be protected from public scrutiny or would he (and his client) rather be able to profit from a $90 million shoe contract, the salary of the No. 1 pick, and countless other endorsement deals made and to be made.

*KG pauses for dramatic effect*

That's what I thought...


This is supposed to be a learning experience, but it's hard for it to be when there will be more than 10,000 fans there and more than 100 members of the media," Goodwin said. "Before this year, the Magic's summer league was closed, but now they've opened it up (for a day) and in doing so, LeBron's every move will be watched, his every dribble, his every shot.

They put his damn high school games on ESPN. It's not like the Magic are doing anything that Goodwin and James aren't used to. When you come in to the league claiming to be its savior, you don't get a learning curve.

Also, when you're getting paid thousands of dollars for every dribble and every shot, you better believe each one will be watched closely.


"I know LeBron welcomes the challenge, but I also realize he's just 18 years old," Goodwin said.

You realized that when you helped him to sign all of those contracts, too.


Last week, Goodwin advocated that the Magic give some of the proceeds from the $5 tickets to games to Cleveland-based charities. The Magic earmarked funds for the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. As of Monday night, it was still unclear whether the team would give any proceeds to the Cavaliers, Goodwin said.

"This has nothing to do with greed," Goodwin said. "LeBron has been exploited throughout his high school career and we wanted to see if we could use this opportunity to give something back to Cleveland."

LeBron has been exploited? To the contrary, LeBron is exploiting a number of huge companies. If anyone should "give something back", it should be LeBron.


Goodwin says James will wear Nike shoes, but will not preview James' signature model. A limited-edition James shoe is scheduled to come out on the first game of the regular season, with the first mass-market shoe hitting stores along with the apparel in late November.

And sadly -- many, many pairs of these shoes will be purchased before anyone knows if the kid can really play basketball at the NBA level.

Who's being exploited again?

MFFL
07-07-2003, 10:30 PM
I hate this kind of crap - if you are going to cash in on being a celebrity then you have lost all "rights" to a normal life.

Mandyahl
07-07-2003, 11:57 PM
amen, mffl.