Lakers Notes: LeBron puts ownership idea on hold; Kuzma, Magic

LeBron James and the Lakers are on the outside looking in at the playoff race so far.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said he thinks about someday owning an NBA team, but he still has a lot of basketball left to play first.

During Saturday’s All-Star media availability, James was asked about a comment he made to The Athletic on the potential of owning a team one day, saying there was “no maybe about it.”

He made clear, though, there will be plenty of time to pursue that goal later.

“It’s not that it’s intoxicating to me, and I don’t think about it on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “I was asked a question and I answered it how I felt at that point in time. I believe if I wanted to, I could own a team or be part of a basketball team. I know I got so much knowledge of the game that I don’t want to – once I stop playing – (want to just) get away from the game.”

At 28-29, the Lakers are two games behind the Clippers for the West’s final playoff spot. So LeBron’s immediate mission is clear. His future mission is as well — as James, 34, signed a four-year contract before the season.

Dreams of ownership, he indicated, can wait.

“I got a lot more game to play – I got a lot,” he said. “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.”

Here are a couple more items worth noting out of Lakerland:

  • Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma repeatedly heard his name involved in reports on the Anthony Davis trade rumors, and most certainly will hear them again. But he stressed he is done “talking about the deadline,” as relayed by Kyle Goon of the LA Daily News.
  • In a column for the LA Daily News, Mark Heisler writes that the jury is very much still out on Magic Johnson’s tenure running the basketball side of things.

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