Alright, I know nobody gives a crap about my kooky "reality show" angle on this Levien hire, but it occurred to me that this would help to explain why Levien would leave behind millions of dollars to do this:
A. I haven't produced any reality shows before (though I have come up with some pretty awesome concepts... should I take the time to describe my "Race my Space" idea? No, not here..), but I'm pretty sure if the Maloofs really do get this tv show going and they're making a substantial amount of money from it, and this Levien guy is a big part of the show, I would assume that he would be somehow compensated for this.
B. Maybe Levien has always wanted to be a "star".
Now, I'm not cynical enough to think that the Maloofs would make this hire strictly to make their tv show better; apparently Levien knows something about basketball, and he's smart and savvy and talented and all that. I don't think they would hire him unless they really thought he would benefit this basketball team in the short term and in the long term. I'm sure Petrie's future and the need to plan for his eventual successor has a big part in this. But let's look at some facts:
1. I like making lists.
2. The Maloofs are in the business of making money. As that relates to their ownership of the Kings, business is bad.
3. There's more than one way to skin a cat (or so I'm told), and there's more than one way to make money by owning a basketball team. This is something the Maloofs understand probably better than anyone.
4. If the Maloofs think they will make money by having a reality tv show about the Kings' business operations:
a. They are probably right.
b. The show will happen, no matter what anyone else thinks about it.
5. Geoff Petrie isn't exactly a "spotlight" kind of guy. Whatever is the exact opposite of an attention whore, that's what Geoff Petrie is. In fact, with the blaringly notable exception of Jerry Reynolds, I have a feeling that most of the Kings' front office folks would prefer to stay in the shadows.
6. If you wanted a young, dynamic, personable guy to fill-up a lot of camera time on your basketball operations reality show, Levien would apparently fit the bill. I see "candid" shots of Levien on heated phone conversations, and lots of them. You know, something to show between shots of Maloof brothers schmoozing and Royal Court Dancers walking around looking hot.
Maybe it was just the fajitas and margaritas, but when I read about this hire last night it gave me a funny feeling in my stomach. Like there was more to the story that had yet to be told. I believe I've just told that story. Time will tell whether I'm cleverly insightful, or just a crazy guy that loves Chevy's. Rebuilding the Kingdom, indeed.