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LeBron James now considering interesting option after retirement

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is still playing at an elite level, but he apparently has thought of one potential career choice to pursue after he retires.

During this week’s episode of Uninterrupted’s “The Shop,” James was asked if he’d consider a career in media.

“I don’t know. I’m watching that stuff a little bit,” James said. “When I saw how much [Tom Brady] signed for, you’re god damn right I did. I want to stay around the game forever.”

It’s hard to fault James for finding a potential media career lucrative after seeing the massive deal Tom Brady got to call games for FOX. Networks would likely jump at the chance to sign James, and the extra money could help him pursue other post-playing career ventures.

James also said that his basketball knowledge and insights on the game would make him a good fit for any broadcasting role.

Like Brady, James is still a highly productive player, which means retirement is not imminent. The 37-year-old made his 18th All-Star team after averaging 30.3 points and 6.2 assists in 56 games this season. But whether it’s broadcasting, coaching, or team ownership, James should have plenty of options to choose from when his playing days are over.

LeBron James wants to own NBA team based in 1 city

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has long said he wants to own an NBA team once he is done playing in the league. He has given it so much thought that he even knows which city he wants to do it in.

In a new episode of his show “The Shop,” James revealed that he wants to own an NBA team based in Las Vegas in the future.

“I want to buy a team, for sure,” James said. “I want the team in Vegas.”

James made sure to double down on his ambition when promoting the clip on social media, suggesting he was “speaking it into existence.”

James’ ownership ambitions are nothing new, but his wish for a specific city certainly is. Reports claimed that the Los Angeles Lakers star already had an investment group looking into purchasing an NBA franchise last year.

Obviously, Las Vegas does not currently have an NBA team. For James’ ambition to become reality, there would either have to be an expansion team added or a current franchise would need to relocate. The former may become a reality in the coming years, which would potentially give James the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new franchise. That would probably be a perfect scenario for him.

Teenager beaten to death near LeBron James’ school in Akron

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Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A teenage boy was beaten to death near LeBron James’ I Promise School in Akron, Ohio last week.

17-year-old Ethan Liming was found dead in the parking lot near the basketball courts of the I Promise School on Thursday night.

Liming and three friends were involved in a fight with a group of four (three males and a woman) who reportedly were playing basketball, FOX 8 says.

Liming’s friends called police after the teenager was beat unconscious. He was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma.

The Liming family is seeking help in identifying the perpetrators.

Liming’s father Bill believes that Ethan, who is white, was murdered in a hate crime. The three men in the other group who committed the crime were all black.

“Some people looked at him as somebody whose life didn’t matter. And it just breaks our hearts. And we don’t want this to happen to anybody else’s child,” Bill Liming told the Akron Beacon Journal.

James’ foundation addressed the death over social media.

James shared this tweet but has not publicly tried to aid the effort to find the killers.

LeBron James names 1 current playoff team he would want to play for

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is once again professing admiration for one of his longtime rivals.

James made an intriguing comment in a trailer for an upcoming episode of “The Shop.” The Los Angeles Lakers forward was asked which of the current playoff teams he would most want to play for, and he named the Golden State Warriors.

“It’d be Golden State,” James admitted in the clip.

It’s not clear when the episode was filmed, but it stands to reason this was probably prior to the start of the NBA Finals, when there would have been at least four teams still standing. In theory, that would have left the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Dallas Mavericks as other possible options. He may have even been talking about the entire playoff field, which his Lakers ere notably absent from this year.

Still, this answer does not come as a surprise. James knows how well the Warriors could theoretically complement his own game. He has even said in the past that the Warriors employ the NBA star he would most like to play alongside. While this is highly unlikely to ever happen, it’s still interesting to see James so open in his respect and admiration for the team that has denied him in three separate NBA Finals.

Rumored Lakers hire recently made unflattering LeBron James comments

LeBron James looking on

Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers’ potential new hire might have an awkward first morning coffee session with LeBron James.

Reports on Monday indicated that the Lakers could hire retired ex-NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace to be an assistant on head coach Darvin Ham’s staff. Wallace coached in college last season for the Memphis Tigers and was teammates with Ham on the Detroit Pistons in the mid-2000s.

In light of the news, an unflattering old remark Wallace made about Lakers star LeBron James went viral. Last September, Wallace had said that James would not have been as successful had he primarily played in Wallace’s era.

You can read Wallace’s full comments, in which he gives his reasoning, here.

Wallace was admittedly a James rival for several seasons. He battled James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference playoffs three separate times — in 2006 and 2007 with Detroit and in 2010 with the Boston Celtics.

Thus, James will probably dismiss Wallace’s comments as the harmless digs of an old competitor. After all, the shoot-from-the-hip Wallace has targeted other top NBA stars in the past as well.

LeBron James hints at notable side career move

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The King may be trying to further expand his empire.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James seemed to complain this week about the sheer number of so-called basketball experts that the social media era has spawned. James also hinted that he might start a podcast of his own.

“It’s so funny to me how many basketball experts there are on this app,” wrote James. “Everybody [is] Dr. James Naismith! It’s fascinating.

“Jumping on someone[‘s] podcast soon,” James added. “Maybe my own.”

There is certainly no shortage of NBA players, both current and former, in the podcast game right now. Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson (for SHOWTIME), Draymond Green (The Volume), and JJ Redick (ThreeFourTwo Productions) are a few that come to mind.

James already has his own big digital media company (UNINTERRUPTED) with longtime business partner Maverick Carter, joining the conversation in a similar way with the TV show “The Shop” on HBO. Recently, James also reached a historic milestone in his business career. Now a foray into podcasting could be the next step for the former NBA MVP.

LeBron James accomplishes NBA first with his massive net worth

LeBron James looking on

Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has set a number of NBA records during his career, and his accomplishments both on and off the court have now put him in a class of his own.

According to Chase Peterson-Withorn of Forbes, LeBron is officially a billionaire after he earned an estimated $121.1 million in 2021. If the figures are accurate, the 37-year-old is the first ever NBA player to reach billionaire status while still playing in the league.

James has earned more than $385 million on the court in 19 NBA seasons. Forbes estimates that he has made upwards of $900 million through endorsement deals and other business ventures. The lifetime endorsement deal that LeBron signed with Nike years ago has contributed a great deal to his net worth.

Michael Jordan has been a mainstay on Forbes’ annual billionaires list, but he did not accumulate that much wealth until after he retired from playing. Jordan first hit the mark in 2014, which was 10 years after he last played in the NBA.

LeBron is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for $44 million next season. There is reason to believe he could play well beyond that, so his bank account should only continue to grow.

Incredible old photo goes viral of LeBron James and new Lakers coach

LeBron James looking on

Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has certainly been around the block for quite some time now.

On Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers hired Darvin Ham to become their next head coach, according to multiple reports. Ham was previously an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks and also played in the NBA for many years.

An incredible old photo of Ham and LeBron James went viral in light of the news. The photo from 2004 showed Ham, who was then a member of the Detroit Pistons, guarding James, then a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It is hard to believe that James, 37, and Ham, 48, played in the NBA at the same time. Since that photo was taken, Ham left the NBA (in 2005), played in the Philippines, played in the NBA D-League, then coached in the NBA D-League, became an assistant coach in the NBA, made three different multi-year stops as an assistant coach, won the championship with Milwaukee last season, and finally got hired as Lakers coach. Now Ham will be coaching James, who has continued to play in the NBA all throughout that time.

Ham has the unenviable task of turning around an aging Lakers team that went 33-49 this season and still potentially has to make it work with a Big Three of James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook. For James specifically, he offered his reaction to the hiring of Ham on Friday.

LeBron James reacts to Lakers’ head coaching hire

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham as their next head coach, and LeBron James appears to be happy with the team’s choice.

James tweeted a welcoming message towards his new coach on Friday.

“So damn EXCITED!!!!!!!!” James wrote. “Congrats and welcome Coach DHam!!”

While James’ tweet suggested otherwise, he reportedly favored a more accomplished coach if given the choice.

But James appears to be on board with the Lakers’ final decision.

The Lakers are looking to turn things around following a disastrous 33-49 season in which they failed to reach the postseason. Ham is replacing Frank Vogel, who won a championship in his first season with the Lakers but was fired two years later. How Ham maximizes Russell Westbrook apparently is a key factor for the Lakers.

LeBron James, Lakers front office divided over head coaching search?

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers brass appears to have one preferred head coaching candidate in mind, but their GM (ahem, their “LeGM”) may not agree.

Sean Deveney of Heavy.com reported this week that most of the Lakers front office, including Phil Jackson and Kurt Rambis, prefers to hire Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, an ex-Lakers assistant as well. However, the Lakers players, including James, reportedly seem to want an experienced, win-now coach. Deveney also quotes an anonymous Western Conference executive who says that James would pick Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers if given the choice.

Ham, who helped lead Milwaukee to the 2021 NBA championship, is one of three reported finalists for the Lakers coaching job. But there are still some indications that the Lakers continue to pursue Rivers as a fourth candidate.

The Lakers have a lot of trusted decision-makers around owner Jeanie Buss, who was recently angered at the suggestion that James calls the shots in LA. But it would be naive at this point to think that James’ apparent tepidness on Ham is something to ignore.