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When Wes Edens met the lifelong Aston Villa fan who would soon become the head coach to steer Villa where it sits now ? one win short of a return to the Premier League ? Edens’s new acquaintance extended his hand and said, “Hi, I’m Dean Smith.”
“No, you’re not,” Edens shot back.
Coming from the world of basketball, as a co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, Edens, who is also the American co-owner of Aston Villa in English soccer, told him there was only one “real Dean Smith.” Edens then asked “the other Dean Smith,” as he likes to refer to the Villa manager, to pull out his phone and do a search on the former University of North Carolina basketball coach.
“He didn’t know who our Dean Smith was,” Edens said this week in a telephone interview. “We joke about that now.”
Edens relished sharing a humorous anecdote, with laughs suddenly scarce amid the alternating spells of exhilaration and angst dribbling around his head. 먹튀 The Bucks’ 105-99 home loss Thursday night to the Toronto Raptors abruptly transformed what would have been the most complicated scenario of Edens’s sporting life ? both of the sports franchises he owns playing for major prizes on the same day but on different continents ? into the scenario he has to root for now.
On Monday afternoon, at Wembley Stadium in London, Aston Villa plays Derby County in the winner-take-all Championship playoff final, which sends the victor to the opulence of the Premier League while consigning the loser to another season in the unglamorous second tier of English football. It is routinely described as the single most lucrative soccer game in the world; most estimates peg the value at roughly $200 million next season to the team that gains promotion.
On Monday night in Milwaukee, Edens’s Bucks can still host Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals ? but only if they win Game 6 in Toronto on Saturday night. The Bucks’ first three-game losing streak all season, after a largely storybook campaign inspired by the Greek superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, has forced Edens to hold out for a daunting road win that keeps Milwaukee’s season going ? even though it is likely to force him to make an unappetizing choice.