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NBA World Reacts To LeBron James Earnings News

While LeBron James‘ Los Angeles Lakers fell well short of a repeat NBA Title, it has been a big summer for him otherwise. He starred in the reboot of the popular Space Jam, which has received mixed reviews but has done impressive numbers at the box office.

It is just the latest in a long string of successes for the four-time NBA champion off the court. James owns SpringHill Entertainment, which produced the film along with Warner Brothers. He also has investments in Blaze Pizza, the Uninterrupted platform, Beats Electronics, and both Liverpool FC and the Boston Red Sox.

Throw in his many endorsement deals and nearly $400 million in NBA earnings, and LeBron has made an impressive fortune at just 36 years old. According to Sportico’s Kurt Badenhausen, he’s now eclipsed the $1 billion mark in career earnings. He becomes the first active NBA player to do so.

Michael Jordan is now worth more than $2 billion, but fell short of the $1 billion mark (adjusted for inflation) during his NBA career. We’ll see if LeBron continues to have as successful a post-playing career as MJ has put together.

According to Badenhausen, LeBron certainly won’t be the last to achieve this, thanks in large part to the escalating NBA salaries. He cites Luka Doncic, who is set to sign a megadeal at just 22 years old, as someone who could nearly reach the $1 billion mark on salary alone.

It should be made clear that this does not mean LeBron James is worth $1 billion, but he has earned that total during his career, dating back to 2003 when he entered the year. That other distinction is likely in his future as well.

James’ fans are pretty pumped about this news, while others are speculating about which athletes will join him in the coming years.

With Space Jam in theaters, LeBron James’ attention turns back towards the upcoming NBA season. We’ve already seen plenty of speculation about star point guards like Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook joining the Lakers. It should be a fun offseason for the rumor mill.

[Sportico]

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