2011 NBA Finals: Blame Hollywood, Not LeBron James, for Miami Heat Failure

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIIJune 13, 2011

Bad management all around.
Bad management all around.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Let me start out by saying I don't blame people for high-fiving after the Dallas Mavericks six-game destruction of the Miami Heat.

Which, by the way, was a destruction. The Mavs not only beat the Heat, but they took two out of three on Miami's home court and won the last two games going away.

But this is what happens when people who don't know what they are doing get to call the shots for the young and the naive. This is what happens when a bunch of suits in Hollywood put together a basketball team the way they put together movie deals.

The difference is it usually happens to young actor kids like Michael Cera, who are packaged with bad scripts and second-rate directors repped by the agency that is supposed to be looking after them. 

That's what is called packaging, and it is what has ruined the movie business.

The way it works is a company that wants to do business with—like a superstar like Brad Pitt—is told that they also have to hire say, hack director Brett Ratner because he's also repped by the agency.

CAA invented packaging under Michael Ovitz, and it became the way people do business in Hollywood.

The problem is that 70 percent of all Hollywood movies lose money, and most of them are the films that are packaged by the agencies.

They were able to mask that deterioration with rising ticket prices but now even that isn't working. The film industry has been down almost every week so far in 2011, and the trend is not a pretty one.

The truly successful filmmakers like Chris Nolan, James Cameron and Steven Spielberg don't give a rip what their agents think. Heck, a lot of those guys barely work with agents.

They hire the best people for their films no matter who reps them. They tell the suits at places like CAA to bugger off.

Now, CAA is bringing packaging to the NBA with the same disastrous results that packaging has had on Hollywood.

They don't care if players are good fits on the court, only that they are all repped by CAA.

Which is a terrible way to put a sports team together.

If you don't believe me, just look at the Knicks. They aren't better for having two superstars packaged by CAA. They are worse.

Because basketball is a team game. 

You want to know what other kind of decisions big Hollywood signs off on?

Just look at how "The Decision" came to fruition.

The idea was hatched by Jim Grey, a man that most sports fans can't stand, yet somehow keeps getting hired by the various networks. 

Then it got traction because Hollywood super agent Ari Emanuel thought it was a good idea.

For those of you who don't know who Ari Emanuel is, he's the Hollywood super agent whose alter ego is played by Jeremy Piven on Entourage. The agent that thought it would work was one Ari Emanuel—you know, the guy whose alter ego is played by Jeremy Piven in Entourage. 

He's also the brother of one Rahm Emanuel. He's the guy who convinced our President that it was better to work on health care rather than getting the economy back on track.

A couple of total pinheads.

I know LeBron is an adult and all that. I know he has to reap the seeds of what he has sown.

I also know he's only 26 years old.

That's why I blame the adults for not watching out for him. That's why I blame CAA.