'It's more of an aspiration' - LeBron clears up potential NBA ownership




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  • 2019-02-17 03:05:36Z
  • By Omnisport
All-Star LeBron James discussed the possibility of owning an NBA team when he retires.
All-Star LeBron James discussed the possibility of owning an NBA team when he retires.  

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James said owning an NBA franchise is more of an aspiration, not a dream.

James fielded questions after a story in The Athletic quoted him saying, "Ain't no maybe about it, I'm going to do that s***," when asked about owning a team after he retires.

Responding during Saturday's media availability during the All-Star weekend, James told reporters: "I was asked a question and, um, I answered it how I felt at that point in time.

"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 $450million, according to the report, with the average NBA team worth approximately $1.9billion.

"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 Western Conference with a 28-29 record.

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