‘Got So Much to Give to the Game’: Lakers’ LeBron James Talks Ambitions to be NBA Franchise Owner

Published 03/17/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
NEW ORLEANS, LA – FEBRUARY 15: NBA player LeBron James attends GQ & LeBron James NBA All Star Party Sponsored By Samsung Galaxy And Beats at Ogden Museum’s Patrick F. Taylor Library on February 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for GQ)


LeBron James has been making moves, both on and off the court, this season.This season, James has been playing at an MVP level, as he and the LA Lakers try to defend their 2020 NBA championship. But off the court, James has been equally productive. James joined Fenway Sports Group, along with his partner Maverick Carter, to become part owners of the Boston Red Sox.

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LeBron James talks Red Sox ownership

LeBron James spoke in a press conference after the Lakers won their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. When asked about his reaction to joining FSG, James was extremely happy. He and Maverick Carter are very excited to be involved with them and the Boston Red Sox franchise, whose history James is very familiar with.

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 04: Athlete LeBron James, recepient of Icon 360 Award and daughter Zhuri James attend Harlem’s Fashion Row during New York Fahion Week at Capitale on September 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

“First of all, it’s great to be with such a great group with FSG. Just that collective group of people, they’re just amazing to be partners with. As far as the Red Sox, obviously a historical franchise and we know the history of the World Series they’ve brought back home to Boston and the players that’s come through there and the legacy that they hold in that area.”

‘The King’ wants to be an NBA franchise owner

James spoke about his ambition to be an NBA team owner in the future, stating he wants to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Michael Jordan, and became the owner of an NBA franchise. He believes that his experience as a player in the NBA will set him up nicely to be an owner. He also added that he sees it happening in the near future.

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“I’ve always said that my goal is to own an NBA team. I’ve got so much to give to the game. I know what it takes to win at this level. Know talent, know how to run a business as well. That is my goal. My goal is to own an NBA franchise. It’ll be sooner than later.”

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Will LeBron James become an owner of an NBA franchise? It appears James has already begun venturing into team ownership. Along with his deal with FSG, James is also a minority owner of English Premier League champions Liverpool FC, who are also owned by Fenway Sports Group. But an NBA franchise still remains the priority for King James.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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