Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James says he wants to have an NBA team in Las Vegas.
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LeBron James admits Las Vegas is his NBA dream team
LeBron James recently confirmed in a postgame press conference that he has ambitions to set up an NBA franchise in Las Vegas.
During the interview, a reporter asked James about the energy of the fans in Sin City.
He responded by saying, ‘It’s wonderful. It’s the best fan base in the world and I would love to bring a team here at some point. That would be surprising.’
Additionally, the outspoken Los Angeles Lakers forward then addressed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver directly.
Speak it into existence! https://t.co/ARRiTp43cx
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 9, 2022
He said: ‘I know Adam is in Abu Dhabi at the moment. I think with the Bucks and Atlanta, but he probably watches every interview and transcript he gets from NBA players, so I want the team here, Adam. Thank you.’
Additionally, James has previously expressed an interest in Las Vegas during an episode of his YouTube talk show, Uninterrupted: The Shop in June 2022.
The 37-year-old professional athlete revealed: “I want a team in Las Vegas.”
He further clarified: “I want the team in Las Vegas.”
It’s important to note that James currently has a contract with the Lakers that will run through the 2022-23 season. However, he may become a free agent after his deal with the Lakers.
The NBA plans to negotiate new collective bargaining and television/media agreements before seriously examining the addition of new teams. The chances of Las Vegas and Seattle as expansion candidates are real, but probably within a few years. https://t.co/aF7ypjzGbd
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 6, 2022
Adam Silver reveals his plans for NBA expansion
Adam Silver sternly said that as of now there are no plans for an expansion team in either Seattle or Las Vegas during his annual state of the league press conference.
He stated: ‘We are not discussing that at the moment. As I said before, at some point, this league will invariably expand, but it’s not right now that we’re discussing it.’
Additionally, Silver endorsed both Seattle and Las Vegas when specifically asked by a reporter about the two cities for hypothetical expansion teams.
He mentioned: ‘Those are wonderful markets. We were in Seattle. Sorry, we are no longer.
Silver went on to add: ‘We have a WNBA team in Seattle in a nearly new building that is doing great. And Las Vegas, where we’ll be in our summer league in July, has also proven to be a great sports market.”