LeBron affirms desire to own Las Vegas NBA team

LeBron James has been public about his desire to own an NBA team in Las Vegas.

SALT LAKE CITY – LeBron James once again reiterated  his desire to own an NBA team in Las Vegas.

“I would love to at some point down the road own an NBA franchise and be able to bring a winning franchise to a city,” James said before Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. “Like I said, Vegas is a really cool city, and they’re doing some great things in sports these days. Obviously, you see what the Aces are doing. You have the Raiders there. You have the Kings there, the hockey team. They’re doing a lot of great things down there. We’ll see what happens and go from there.”

James was quickly corrected by the media on the name of Las Vegas’ NHL team, the Vegas Golden Knights. The Kings are Los Angeles’ NHL team and share Arena with the Lakers.

“The Golden Knights, yes,” James said. “The Kings are in L.A., right? There’s two Kings in L.A. Got it.”

James, who became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer last week, said he wasn’t sure how much longer he would play on Sunday. His current contract with the Lakers runs through the summer of 2025, which is also when NBA commissioner Adam Silver said on Saturday the league would look at possible expansion.

“I don’t know how much longer I got to play in this beautiful game,” James said. “I know I’m on the other side of the hill, for sure. I’m not doing another 20 (season). That’s for damn sure. I’m not doing that. But we’ll see what happens. Most important for my kids, at the end of the day I just want them to continue to be great – just great young men. Sports and all that other stuff will take care of itself.”

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