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Thursday, 22 November 2018

LeBron's business partner drops major hint on future


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LeBron James made his return to Cleveland as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday but his business partner hinted at a new potential venture. 

James and the Lakers were triumphant in his return to the city where he won his third NBA title, pulling out a tightly-contested 109-105 win at Quicken Loans Arena, as the four-time MVP finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists on the night. 

However, James' childhood friend and business partner Maverick Carter raised eyebrows when chatting to ESPN's Rachel Nichols prior to the contest. 

Since James returned to the Cavaliers back in 2014, rumours have swirled around him potentially owning the team when his career is over, and Carter added fuel to the fire with his comments.

"I think if this team was up for sale, he'd definitely be one of the people who'd look at buying it," Carter said.

"For sure."

James, who is in his 16th season, has made no secret of his desire to eventually own a sporting franchise once his playing days are finished. 

The Cavaliers are currently owned by wealthy businessman Dan Gilbert, who purchased the franchise for a reported US$375 million back in 2005, but Gilbert's popularity among the team's fans has reached an all-time low in recent years, particularly following the departure of James and fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving. 

For James, his return could not have been any different to his first return to Quicken Loans Arena as an opposing player, when he was created with boos back in 2010 as a member of the Miami Heat. 

The 33-year-old was showered with applause throughout the night and particularly following an emotional minute-long tribute video put together by the Cavaliers franchise.

Following the game, James touched on his unique connection with the franchise where he played 11 seasons and won a title with, and seemingly left his future up for debate once again.

"I appreciate these fans just as much as they appreciate me," James told reporters.

"Every single night we stepped out on the floor, they always showed their appreciation to not only me but to my teammates, especially during those last four years, during those championship runs that we were making.

"I always leave the past in the past and focus on the present and see what happens in the future."

LeBron James made his return to Cleveland as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday but his business partner hinted at a new potential venture. 

James and the Lakers were triumphant in his return to the city where he won his third NBA title, pulling out a tightly-contested 109-105 win at Quicken Loans Arena, as the four-time MVP finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists on the night. 

However, James' childhood friend and business partner Maverick Carter raised eyebrows when chatting to ESPN's Rachel Nichols prior to the contest. 

Since James returned to the Cavaliers back in 2014, rumours have swirled around him potentially owning the team when his career is over, and Carter added fuel to the fire with his comments.

"I think if this team was up for sale, he'd definitely be one of the people who'd look at buying it," Carter said.

"For sure."

James, who is in his 16th season, has made no secret of his desire to eventually own a sporting franchise once his playing days are finished. 

The Cavaliers are currently owned by wealthy businessman Dan Gilbert, who purchased the franchise for a reported US$375 million back in 2005, but Gilbert's popularity among the team's fans has reached an all-time low in recent years, particularly following the departure of James and fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving. 

For James, his return could not have been any different to his first return to Quicken Loans Arena as an opposing player, when he was created with boos back in 2010 as a member of the Miami Heat. 

The 33-year-old was showered with applause throughout the night and particularly following an emotional minute-long tribute video put together by the Cavaliers franchise.

Following the game, James touched on his unique connection with the franchise where he played 11 seasons and won a title with, and seemingly left his future up for debate once again.

"I appreciate these fans just as much as they appreciate me," James told reporters.

"Every single night we stepped out on the floor, they always showed their appreciation to not only me but to my teammates, especially during those last four years, during those championship runs that we were making.

"I always leave the past in the past and focus on the present and see what happens in the future."

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