Let’s be honest, free agency is basically The Bachelor or The Bachelorette for grown men. One guy goes on dates with multiple teams and each one lays down game in their signature style, giving us a window into an organization’s philosophy and “game” so to speak.
For instance, the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets both went college football on Carmelo Anthony, putting signage up on the arena with Carmelo in photoshopped jerseys. Awkward, they both went the same route.
The Dallas Mavericks went with a more intimate one-on-one, no nonsense, no games approach by inviting Anthony back to owner Mark Cuban’s house to talk things over. Maybe too intimate too soon?
The Los Angeles Lakers are flexing their Hollywood muscles bringing in movie producer Joel Silver, known for the Matrix trilogy. Silver apparently made a short film for the meeting. I guess that would make the Lakers the flashy one who flaunts their wealth in the equation.
Lakers went Hollywood for part of their presentation to Carmelo. Biz team presented a short video done by “The Matrix” producer Joel Silver.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) July 3, 2014
Movie producer Joel Silver was a part of the LAL presentation to Melo, making a short film about him and speaking to him about the industry
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 3, 2014
[UPDATE:] From the Los Angeles Times:
Executives from Anschutz Entertainment Group and Time Warner Cable pitched him on the size and scope of the Los Angeles market. Movie producer Joel Silver put together a four-minute “trailer” of Anthony’s life, narrated by Tobey Maguire.
…Silver, who produced “The Matrix,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Die Hard” movies, was also in attendance Thursday and spoke about the long-running relationship between the Lakers and Hollywood.