Lakers News: Adam Silver’s thoughts on adding a team to Las Vegas, at the request of future owner LeBron James – All Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers All-NBA forward LeBron James may not be showing many signs of slowing down on offense aside from more frequent appearances on the team’s IR, but he certainly seems to have his sights set. the next stage of his life in the NBA. .
Last month, the 18-time All-Star explicitly expressed interest in joining an ownership group, should the league expand to Las Vegas, as has often been said. Seattle, whose Supersonics ditched them in 2009 to become the Oklahoma City Thunder, appears to be the other major market that needs an NBA club to call itself, although its WNBA franchise, the Seattle Storm, has won three titles since being the only professional basketball game in town. LBJ made a fairly direct appeal to league commissioner Adam Silver, asking him to consider a Vegas club.
During a recent interview with ESPN’s “NBA Today” host Malika Andrews, league commissioner Adam Silver responded to The Chosen One’s request.
Here’s the gist of Silver’s response:
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“I think it’s very healthy for the league when you have kind of a player life cycle that goes into management, potentially into ownership. Obviously Michael Jordan is Charlotte owner David Robinson [owns a stake] in San Antonio, Grant Hill [is a partial owner] in Atlanta. Shaq owned a piece of Sacramento for a while. So I think it’s great for the ecosystem. I’m thrilled that LeBron aspires to be a landlord one day. I would say that Las Vegas will one day be a great place for a franchise. We have a WNBA franchise there, the Aces, who obviously just won the championship. It’s not in the limelight right now for the league. I think we’ve been very public that we want to go through collective bargaining, we want to see where our new media deals come out, but then we’ll come back to expansion at some point.”
This is probably the most diplomatic approach possible at James’ request. As an NBA fan based in Los Angeles, it would be really great to have another franchise within driving distance, especially in a market that is rapidly emerging as a hotbed for professional teams, having added three teams from the major league—the NFL Raiders, NHL Golden Knights, and Aces—since 2017.