LeBron James Wants to Buy the WNBA Team Owned By Former Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler
LeBron James has secured his spot in NBA history, and his empire only continues to grow. The Los Angeles Lakers player has spent the last two decades building a legacy that rivals that of basketball icons such as Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. James has also crossed into entertainment, securing dozens of endorsement deals and even his own TV show.
LeBron James is a basketball legend
They don’t call him King James for nothing.
James first joined the NBA in 2003 as a player for his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. He left for the Miami Heat in 2010, and earned back-to-back championship rings by the time he returned to Cleveland 4 years later.
James led the Cavaliers to a record-breaking win in the 2016 NBA Finals and earned his third championship ring. He signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 and earned his fourth Finals victory in 2020. He has the distinction of being the only player in history to be Finals MVP for three different teams, and helped the Cavaliers become the first team to overcome a 3–1 deficit in the finals.
LeBron James has several business ventures
James has become a pop culture figure much like his friend Kobe Bryant was. Over the course of his career, James has been the face of brands including Nike, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Beats by Dre, among others. His sneakers for Nike, in particular, have been extremely successful, and he became the NBA’s leading shoe salesman in 2013.
James has also made his presence known in several other areas. He’s appeared as himself in shows ranging from Entourage to SpongeBob SquarePants. He even had his own animated web series for three years called The LeBrons, where the basketball icon played every character on the show.
LeBron James wants to expand his footprint
Now, James is looking to branch even further into new business ventures. Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler is also a co-owner of Atlanta’s WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream. However, the Dream players spoke out against Loeffler and endorsed her opponent and eventual winner, Rev. Raphael Warnock.
After Warnock’s victory, James decided he wanted to reduce Loeffler’s influence even further. “Think I’m gone put together an ownership group for the The Dream,” he tweeted. “Who’s in?” His tweet was accompanied by a photo of the 2020 Dream players wearing “Vote Warnock” T-shirts.
If James were to ink an ownership deal with the Atlanta Dream, it wouldn’t be his first time getting a stake in a team’s business dealings. In 2011, James secured a minority stake in the British soccer team Liverpool FC, and remains a minority owner to this day. Getting a share of an NBA team would only broaden James’ horizons as a business mogul after his eventual retirement.