Without LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers would be nothing.
The franchise would be ringless, the city would be hapless, and the organization would be star-less. He is everything for that team, he's what makes the team relevant.
When he retires, it'll no doubt be a big blow to Cleveland sports. Without King James, the Cavs will struggle to find their next star.
But what if LeBron never really leaves?
LeBron himself made it quite clear that he intends to own a team someday, saying it was "his next thing." It only makes sense that he'd buy Cleveland, seeing as to how he practically runs the franchise now.
Well, according to his own words, that is a scenario that's entirely possible. In an interview with The Athletic's Jason Lloyd, James revealed that he may be part of the Cavs long after his playing days are done. When asked about potentially buying the franchise in the future, James seemed sincere and honest in his response:
“To be an owner of any team would be crazy,” James told Lloyd. “If this thing opened up and I’m in a position financially, and I’ve got the right team around me, obviously. But who’s to say Dan will (sell)? I’ve always kept it just player/owner at this point. I guess once I come down to that point, if the conversation needed to be had, I’ll have it. But I don’t have it right now.”
Judging by his response, James surely isn't shying away from the thought of potentially owning the Cavs one day. If he is adamant about owning his own team (which he seems to be), what better franchise to buy than the one he historically played for?