LeBron James said he doesn’t want his legacy to be just the number of NBA championships and trophies he won. He also wants it to include the victories and trophies of a team he owns.
“My goal is to own an NBA franchise,” James said Tuesday following the Lakers’ win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. “It’ll be sooner than later.”
James is under contract with the Lakers through the 2022-23 season when he will turn 38, and he said that he would like to stay in the NBA long enough to play with his son, Bronny, who is currently at Sierra Canyon High School in L.A, USA Today reports.
However, whenever James does decide to stop playing minutes, he will then turn his sights on his next career choice — overseeing an NBA team.
“I have so much to give to the game. I know what it takes to win at this level,” James said. “I know talent. I also know how to run a business as well.”
He’s one step closer to this dream becoming a reality, as James and his partner Maverick Carter have recently partnered with Fenway Sports Group. It was announced Tuesday that James would become a part-owner of the Red Sox.
The group owns the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, Roush Fenway Racing, regional sports network NESN, Fenway Sports Management and FSG Real Estate, USA Today reports.
James said being partners with FSG is “great” and that the group has done so many “great things over the years.”
“As far as the Red Sox, obviously a historical franchise. We know the history of the World Series championships that they brought back home to Boston and the players that’s come through there and the legacy that they hold in that area,” he said.
James said it is “pretty damn cool” that he and his partner are the first two black men to be a part of that ownership group.
“It gives me and people that look like me hope and inspiration they can be in a position like that as well and that it can be done,” James said, per USA Today. “It gives my kids at ‘I Promise School’ more and more inspiration as well.”
He said it’s pretty amazing to be able to build his portfolio off the floor “in the beautiful game like baseball.”