Will Smith purchased a stake in the Philadelphia 76ers which will no doubt run the “Fresh Prince” tune through your head, but more than that it makes me wonder what the prospects are of any other celebrities stepping up to buy a stake in the Hornets.
With Labour negotiations pushing on in “first-gear” let’s turn our attention back to the Hornets ownership situation.
We all know about the “I’m In!” campaign and how well it’s going. It really has done a terrific job of infusing the organisation back into the community to make it New Orleans’ team. Apart of the campaign there were a lot of local celebrities, ranging from Chefs to politicians to Drew Brees himself.
This contingent of local personalities makes me wonder what the chances are of these guys investing financially in the Hornets, on a small time basis. Maybe Lil Wayne will mirror Will Smith’s image and decide to invest in the organisation. We all know he’s good friends with Chris Paul, we know he’s a Hornets fan as well as a big sports fan. Having Wayne be a cultural investment into the team will further connect the organisation with the city.
Not only that it would diversify its brand and get it in the national eye a little easier than before.
Wayne is just one example. I’m not sure what his investment portfolio looks like and if he has any capital to throw around. But investing in the Hornets would do great things for both he and the organisation. For the Hornets it would raise their profile with him as a small base owner, for Wayne it would give him a stronger connection to the NBA and a legitimate opportunity to make some money from a sport he loves so much.
I’m not saying he will, this is pure
If you guys think there’s any other examples that could invest in the Hornets I’d love to hear them in the comment section!