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Look into what makes the Knicks ‘World Wide Wes’ so polarized



Look into what makes the Knicks 'World Wide Wes' so polarized

Last week’s Knicks press release quoted VP new executive William Wesley about “his long history with and respect for Jim Dolan.”

Sources confirm that Wesley has been in the ears of the Knicks owner for 15 years, working behind the scenes. As is his habit.

A Knicks trainer from the Glen Grunwald era verified the influence of “World Wide Wes.”

“When we were there, I was told that he listened to ‘World Wide Wes’ more than he did at Grunwald,” the coach told The Post.

Indeed, Wesley was free with suggestions for Dolan, but not all were constructive.

Post had learned that Wesley was the driving force behind Dolan moving from Grunwald after the 54-28 season four days before the 2013 training camp. Wesley recommended bringing back Steve Mills, citing a stronger connection.

At that time, The Post reported the Grunwald shooting was related to the aspirations of the 2015 free agent. In addition, the new chief needed to prepare an offer to look after Carmelo Anthony in the summer of 2014.

Anthony is represented by the Creative Artists Agency, and Mills is known to have a close relationship with the CAA. (Wesley, according to one source, served as Anthony’s main confidant during his tenure at the Knicks.)

Now the CAA officially runs the Knicks with the tandem Leon Rose-Wesley. After Rose agreed to the terms in February, The Post quoted a source, who stated, “MSG and CAA have been in bed for years. This should not be surprising. ‘

Wesley’s push to erase Grunwald was unsuccessful. The Knicks have been absent from the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons since his sacking, although Dolan diverged six months after firing Grunwald to bring Phil Jackson as president.

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After all his failures, Dolan asked Rose and Wesley to call all the shots as they tried to improve the image of the oppressed Knicks with the recruitment of pizzazz.

The press release did not mention Wesley’s past credentials – an indicator of his underground presence.

While Rose is the director of basketball at CAA, Wesley is considered an agency consultant for the past 15 years.

“He is always connected – and a winner,” said an NBA executive.

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Wesley assisted Rose in the acquisition of players and worked with CAA coaches, including Tom Thibodeau. However, sources said Wesley also liked Jason Kidd, who was interviewed for the Knicks job on Thursday.

In the 2007 GQ profile, writer Alex French wrote: “Wes is the perfect embodiment of modern American dreams – full of ancient wheels that are tiring, rushing, and climbing socially – so that it feels like it’s written for the big screen. “

Wesley is not short of polarizing action figures. Although former Knicks Stephon Marbury and Rasheed Wallace made fun of recruiting, Jay Williams from ESPN flew into hyperbole.

Williams indicated Wesley’s presence as a free agent recruiter could be more important than Rose.

“You will see me in the Knicks game this year,” Williams said. “When I tell you ‘World Wide Wes’ is the best free agent rental in the history of the Knicks organization, I will only tell you that he is someone who has played basketball. We know how this game works. He is sung in Drake’s songs – the most connected individuals in basketball history.

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“Let me tell you how ‘World Wide Wes’ works. He has so many high touch points with influential individuals. From a player’s perspective, he will call anyone on the phone. He will make you buy the big picture. “

Marbury’s disgust for Camden, N.J., the product was poured through a ferocious video last week. Islander Coney now trains in China.

“Come on, friend. Did you really just bring ‘World Wide Sucker’ to the New York Knicks, ‘said Marbury. You brought this man here?


“I’m really a fan of the New York Knicks. Come on, Dolan. You must be kidding, man. What’s going on? There must be an explanation. Not him. Of all people, you brought this man here? You brought him to NYC? To New York? He doesn’t have credibility here. “

Indeed, Wesley got his enemies. Wallace called the movement “a brain fart.” Wallace found the Rose-Wesley tandem dangerous because “Dolan took their luggage.”

Wallace suggests other agents can stop sending their clients to CAA Knicks.

“Whoever they eat beef or problems with now will emerge and influence them,” Wallace told CBS Sports Radio. “Now that they get executive positions with the Knicks, they might not get these particular players.”

But can it get worse? The Knicks have laid eggs at free agencies for years – Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving-DeAndre Jordan’s bet on Brooklyn which serves as Dolan’s last straw.

“He added to the relationship he had built up over the years,” said NBA insider Rashad Phillips, owner of the SportsTalk 2319 draft. “The NBA has become a relationship business more than ever. Wes symbolizes the relationship aspect. He will be fine in New York. ‘

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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