As if the Midwest region wasn’t dripping with enough storylines – Rick Pitino is unbeaten in the Sweet 16 (10-0), Izzo vs. Coach K, a potential November rematch between Louisville and Duke looming Sunday – a bizarre one emerged before tip-off tonight: Stadium security was told to be on the lookout for William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley, aka, LeBron’s BFF.
Why is security on the lookout for basketball’s top power broker? It could be a number of things. Worldwide Wes is a Kentucky guy, so perhaps Rick Pitino doesn’t want him anywhere near his heavily-favored Cardinals. Wes is known to operate by a different set of rules – check out this nugget from John Canzano in the Oregonian last year:
I once saw him walk around The Palace at Auburn Hills during a NBA Finals as if he owned the building. He didn’t even wear a credential. Wesley was so at ease, he went into the Pistons locker room at halftime. Later, a NBA security staffer approached him, and I watched to see if Wesley might get asked for identification.
The security guard borrowed Chapstick.
There’s also the Nike-Oregon-Singler tie-in, so perhaps he’s there rooting on the Ducks and Kyle Singler’s younger brother.
I’ll update this post if any news emerges. [Image via Mark Blakenbaker]