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