Billionaire LeBron James Might Take Over from Michael Jordan as “Worst NBA Owner”, Per Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Ex-Teammate

Published 12/28/2022, 10:21 AM EST

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Over the years, the NBA has attempted numerous ways to expand the league to a bigger audience. Amidst all of the efforts, many wealthy stakeholders, including the legends of the game, have been fascinated by the idea of owning a team in the NBA, not only for business purposes but also for bragging rights. For example, NBA legend Michael Jordan owns the Charlotte Hornets, even though the team hasn’t been able to taste much success since its inception. With rumors of LeBron James joining the owners’ table in the NBA, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s former teammate isn’t quite sure of the 37-year-old’s odds of success. 

King James’ future at the NBA might entail owning a team in the league. While his fans might be excited about it, former Milwaukee Bucks star Brandon Jennings predicts a similar outcome for James like Jordan with the Hornets.

Former Bucks star not sure of LeBron James as an NBA owner


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Michael Jordan hasn’t exactly fared well as the owner of an NBA team. The Charlotte Hornets have failed to achieve much playoff success since Jordan’s acquisition. Safe to say, some people are hence skeptical of the league legends taking the reins of an NBA team.

LeBron James’ recent interest in owning an NBA team in the future raised the eyebrows of Brandon Jennings. The former teammate of Giannis Antetokounmpo seemed unsure of the potential move. A recent report on the issue cited Jennings’ POV on the issue, “Jennings seems to think that LeBron James won’t be great at it either and it is really rare to see great players transition well to decision-making roles in the NBA. A lot of them don’t have much success as head coaches or general managers, with Jerry West and Larry Bird being some of the exceptions.

A few months ago the Los Angeles Lakers superstar appeared on his HBO television show The Shop. The NBA legend went on to mention his future plans, which included owning an NBA team from Las Vegas.

I wanna own a team,” said James. He further added, “I want a team in Vegas.James’ plans don’t seem to be just on a whim, as he reiterated his words in the preseason.

It’s the best fanbase in the world,” said James after the preseason loss to Phoenix Suns in Vegas. He further added, “And I would love to bring a team here at some point. That would be amazing.

The 37-year-old is not completely new to the business of owning sports franchises. He is a part of the Fenway Sports Group which owns the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F.C.


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Shaq’s also interested in being at the owner’s table

Meanwhile, King James is not the only NBA legend looking to buy an NBA team. Shaquille O’Neal has been in and out of the business a few times. The seven-foot giant sold his shares in the Sacramento Kings earlier this year, but now he’s looking to peek in again.

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I want to own a team in Florida,” said Shaq in a recent episode of The Big Shaq podcast. With neither the Miami Heat nor the Orlando Magic up for sale, the Lakers legend might just have to wait a bit.




Shankha Shuvra Das

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Shankha Shuvra Das is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Economics and has extensive experience in freelance content creation, especially in the field of technology. Shankha's passion for covering the sport of basketball stems from his love for the NBA, which he has been following closely for several years now.

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