“Disrespectful to Me and My Brothers”: LeBron James Slams a Long-Running Narrative, Shedding Credit For Success of $180 Million Rich Friends

Published 10/08/2023, 10:14 PM EDT

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LeBron James is undoubtedly one of the NBA’s all-time greats. After all, he has held his crown for over two decades in the league. Furthermore, his intention remains the same for the coming season: to continue his reign. Much like his approach on the court, LeBron James maintains a similar mindset when it comes to his off-court endeavours. Whether it’s his endorsements, ventures in the food industry, strategic involvement in tech startups, or his ability to build valuable connections and expand with the right team, James possesses an innate talent for identifying opportunities that are both superior and more expansive in scope.

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Strikingly, this aspect of James’ multifaceted career had often gone unnoticed—until now, when even a passing mention of it compelled James to respond with recognition and admiration. Further, it also helped him slash a narrative that was built around the people who were close to him. 

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In the NBA world, the names Rich Paul and Maverick Carter have resounded for quite some time. Although they aren’t NBA players themselves, their association with LeBron James has been in the news numerous times. Rich Paul stands as a highly regarded sports agent, representing players like Draymond Green and, notably, LeBron himself. On the flip side, Maverick Carter serves as the chief executive officer of SpringHill Entertainment, an entertainment and content company co-founded with LeBron James in 2008. The two have one thing in common: they are longtime close friends of LeBron James.

On Twitter, a user going by the handle @realkellye recently responded to a snippet from Rich Paul’s 60-minute interview. In doing so, they gave credit to LeBron James for his ability to recognize people’s potential well before anyone else. As a result, they quickly got a response from the king himself. 

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In reply, LeBron James couldn’t resist offering a respectful comment. His response emphasized the unfortunate tendency of some individuals to overlook the immense effort that goes into achieving success.

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Throughout the years, both Paul and Carter have achieved immense success, securing their positions at the pinnacle of their respective industries. However, they have faced accusations of riding on LeBron James’ coattails to attain this success. As Rich Paul recently voiced his story to the public, it made for a perfect time for LeBron James to step forward and dispel these derogatory narratives.

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Rich Paul’s agency boasts a roster that includes some of the NBA’s most prominent figures; including James’ co-star, Anthony Davis. Moreover, Paul has expanded his reach by establishing a football division. It successfully represents two of the top three players chosen in the 2020 NFL draft and two of the first seven picks in 2022.

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Shifting gears to his personal life, Paul has been in a relationship with Grammy winning songwriter Adele for several years. He is the first person the singer has publicly dated since her divorce. The couple made their relationship public in 2021, and their bond has since garnered significant attention. Recently, Adele dropped a hint that they may have secretly tied the knot when she referred to Paul as her husband while speaking to a fan.

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Saahil Dhillan

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Saahil Dhillan is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. He has been writing articles and blogs for 5 years now, including those for a sports brand that manufactures knee braces, for a Red Bull athlete in 2019 and for a documentary of an Ultra Running Coach in 2021. There’s plenty Saahil can write about why he likes basketball, having followed the NBA for more than 10 years, but he is most keen on picking out various offense/defense strategies, on/off-court decisions, roster changes in crunch time and other underrated key elements that leave an impact on the scoreboard.
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