Before he dropped a triple-double on the Dallas Mavericks in a home game played at STAPLES Center, most of March 16 in the NBA world swirled around news of LeBron James and another one of his high-profile non-basketball activities.
Already engaged and set to star in Space Jam: A New Legacy, which is slated to be released in July, James reportedly is honing in on a deal that would make him a part-owner of the Boston Red Sox. An unofficial source dropped this little news nugget to MLB.com.
So, after posting the 99th career triple-double of his career (25 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists) to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 137-121 win against the Mavericks, James talked about the matter a little bit. But first, James shared his thoughts on the continued monster play of forward Montrezl Harrell (25 points), particularly his film study habits.
“Because of the season and how it’s constructed, you know, there’s not much time to practice,” said James. “That’s for all 30 teams. So, the film sessions, individually, as a team, is the most important this year. And obviously, it’s important all the time.
“But this year even more because we can’t be on the floor much because of the protocols, and the testings and things of that nature,” James added. “It doesn’t allow us to be on the floor as a team a lot. So, the film session is the best opportunity for you to take that and implement it into a game situation, and ‘Trez has been doing that.”
James continues to make history as he becomes a partner of Fenway Sports Group (FSG), which gives him ownership take in sports teams such as Liverpool Football Club and the Boston Red Sox. James, along with his business partner Maverick Carter, will become the company’s first Black partner.
“I think for me and for my partner, Maverick, to be the first two Black men to be, you know, part of that ownership group in the history of that franchise, I think is pretty damn cool,” James said. “It gives me and people that look like me, you know, hope and inspiration that they can be in the position like that as well, that it can be done.”
James went on to say that this off-the-court business venture would serve up to be inspirational to his family and to the students attending his I Promise School back in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
“It’s a pretty amazing thing and for me to continue to build my portfolio off the floor, also in a beautiful game like baseball,” James said. “
While retirement does not appear to be on the horizon for the Lakers star, that has not stopped James from preparing for his inevitable post NBA career. In the past, James has been quite vocal about his desire to one day own an NBA team.
“I believe if I wanted to, I could own a team or be part of a basketball team. I know I got so much knowledge of the game that I don’t want to, once I stop playing…I just don’t want to get away from the game.” James said during the 2019 All-Star Game.
Joining the Fenway Sports Group deepens an already impressive portfolio for James. He has his hands in a little bit of everything. In 2018, the Lebron James Family Foundation helped open the I Promise School.
The school caters to elementary-aged students in underserved communities. James considers founding the school to be one of his biggest accomplishments. On top of now being co-owner of a handful of sports teams and the founder of a school, James also owns a production company, SpringHill Entertainment.
The company has been responsible for produced everything from documentaries about the relationship between athletes and political agendas to a game show reminiscent of The Price is Right. James even executive produced rapper 2-Chainz’s last album, Rap or Go to the League.
As James checks another box on his long list of impressive business moves, he joins athletes such as Patrick Mahomes, Magic Johnson, Renee Montgomery, and Derek Jeter who are also co-owners of sports teams. However, the ultimate box-checker would be when he takes over an NBA franchise as an owner, James said.
“My goal is to own a team, own an NBA team,” James said. “I’ve got so much to give to the game. I know what it takes to win at this level. I know talent. I also know how to run a business as well. So, that is my goal. My goal is to own an NBA franchise. It’ll be sooner than later.”
Featured Image: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James in pre-game warmups during the 2019-20 NBA season. File photo/Mark Hammond for News4usonline