LeBron James says his ‘dream is to actually own’ NBA team
LeBron James admitted recently that he’s chasing the “ghost” of Michael Jordan. It appears the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s dogged pursuit of said so-called apparition goes far beyond what he accomplishes as a player on the hardwood.
In fact, James admitted it’s his “dream to actually own” an NBA team once his career on the court is said and done, much like Jordan, now principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.
James made his dream known during an appearance Wednesday on “Open Run,” a podcast owned by “Uninterrupted,” a social media-driven platform James created for fellow athletes.
“I think so,” James responded to a question whether he envisions himself one day becoming an NBA general manager, as transcribed by cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “I feel like my brain as far as the game of basketball is unique and I would love to continue to give my knowledge to the game.
“And I would love to be a part of a franchise, if not at the top. My dream is to actually own a team and I don’t need to have fully hands on. If I’m fortunate enough to own a team, then I’m going to hire the best GM and president that I can.”
Whether or not James actually achieves his dream obviously involves several moving parts and potential circumstances beyond his control, such as a team actually being available. But there’s no doubt James has the financial wherewithal to afford such a pursuit. After all, between his NBA salary and many endorsements and business endeavors, James hauled in a whopping $77 million in 2016.
James also has a lifetime deal with Nike worth an estimated $1 billion. And he just signed a $100 million extension with the Cavaliers. Suffice to say, it’s clear James will be flush with cash once his NBA playing career is finished.
Given that money always talks in the grand scheme of things — including potential ownership of an NBA team — James has put himself in a great spot to one day realize his dream. The fact that he would raise the profile of even a terrible NBA franchise simply by his presence doesn’t hurt matters, either.
To “Be Like Mike,” indeed.