LeBron James clears up potential NBA ownership: ‘It’s more of an aspiration’

“(We’ll) see if it happens,” James told reporters Saturday. “If it don’t, I won’t be disappointed in anything I’ve

LeBron James wanted to make something clear during media availability Saturday during All-Star Weekend.

The Lakers star fielded questions surrounding potential NBA ownership, and he responded, “It’s not like it’s a dream of mine. It’s more of an aspiration.”

The questions came after an earlier story from The Athletic quoted James saying, “Ain’t no maybe about it, I’m going to do that s—,” when asked about owning a team after he retires.

He walked back that declaration but did say if he wanted to, he could own a team or even be part of a basketball organization.

“I was asked a question and, um, I answered it how I felt at that point in time,” James told reporters. “I know I got so much knowledge of the game that I don’t want to, once I stop playing, I just [do not] want to get away from the game.

“Obviously I’m going to be along with my sons because they’re going to play the game — they’re playing the game now, and I’m going to be along with them. But if I can give back to this league in any way shape or form, and continue to make this league as great as it is today, then I would love to.”

James topped the Forbes’ list of the league’s highest earners — which factors in salaries, endorsements, appearances, royalties and media pacts — for a fifth straight year. He has a net worth of more than $450 million, according to the report, with the average NBA team worth approximately $1.9 billion.

“It would have to be the right fit. It’d have to be the right city. It’d have to be the right situation,” James said. “It’s not like it’s a dream of mine. It’s more of an aspiration. See if it happens. If it don’t, I won’t be disappointed in anything I’ve done off the floor. We’ll see what happens.

“I got a lot more game to play. I got a lot. A ton more years to play this game and suit up and be in a Lakers uniform. Once we get to that point, we’ll cross that path. Hopefully, I can sit up here and answer questions as a player for a long time.”

James is captain of one of the two All-Star teams competing this weekend.

At the All-Star break, the Lakers sit 10th in the West with a 28–29 record.

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