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LeBron James reaffirmed his commitment to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, inking a two-year, $97.1-million contract extension instead of testing free agency next year.

If Lakers owner Jeanie Buss has her way, the four-time Finals MVP will remain in Hollywood for the remainder of his playing days.

“With LeBron, we have a line of communication between the two of us, and he knows that he can reach me any time and vice-versa,” Buss told Sports Illustrated’s Howard Beck on a recent episode of “The Crossover” podcast. “And I think he feels appreciated. I know I appreciated that he signed an extension to stay here and continue to lead the Laker team.

“He’s a fantastic leader both on and off the court, and I feel like we’re blessed to have him as a Laker. I want to see him retire as a Laker.”

James’ new deal includes a $50.7-million player option for the 2024-25 campaign. The Akron, Ohio, native hasn’t been shy about potentially playing alongside his son Bronny, who is a four-star recruit in the class of 2023 and is draft-eligible the following year.

James joined the Lakers in free agency four years ago. The former No. 1 overall pick has continued to play at an elite level since moving to the West Coast, averaging 27 points, 8.2 assists, 8.0 boards, and 1.2 steals during his tenure in Los Angeles. He registered a league-leading 10.2 dimes per contest in 2019-20 and led the Lakers to their 17th NBA title that same season.

James will likely surpass franchise icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this upcoming campaign as the Association’s all-time leading scorer, and Buss takes a lot of pride knowing that he’ll do so donning the purple and gold.

“(LeBron) will probably become the all-time leading scorer in the history of the NBA, which would break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record. … I’ll never forget when he did that, and Chick Hearn said, ‘This is a record that will never be broken,’ and here we are,” Buss said. “Somebody who is going to break it in a Laker uniform. And that has a lot of meaning to the organization and to me personally.”

LeBron James won’t be hitting the open market.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar agreed to a two-year, $97.1-million contract extension Wednesday, his agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

James’ new deal includes a player option for the 2024-25 campaign as well as a 15% trade kicker, adds Wojnarowski.

Earlier in August, the Akron, Ohio, native became eligible for an extension with the Lakers and had until June 30, 2023, to sign the new deal.

Los Angeles inked James to a two-year extension in December 2020 worth $85.7 million. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

James turned heads during NBA All-Star Weekend in February when he said “the door’s not closed” on a third stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, another homecoming appears to be ruled out for now, with the former No. 1 overall pick locked in with the Lakers until 2025.

James has averaged 27 points, 8.2 assists, eight boards, and 1.2 steals over four seasons with the purple and gold. The four-time Finals MVP posted a league-leading 10.2 assists during the 2019-20 campaign as he led the Lakers to their 17th NBA championship.

The 37-year-old remains a force entering his 20th season in the Association. James’ 30.3 points per contest in 2021-22 was the second-highest output of his career.

Count LeBron James among the NBA stars to call out Boston Celtics fans for their behavior.

When asked during an episode of “The Shop” to name a city he hates playing in, the Los Angeles Lakers forward chose Boston.

“They racist as fuck,” James said. “They will say anything. And it’s fine. I mean, fuck, it’s my life, I’ve been dealing with it my whole life. I don’t mind it. I hear it.”

James referred to the time a Celtics fan poured a beer on him after a playoff game in 2012. He also called out Boston spectators for wearing “Fuck LBJ” shirts before jokingly suggesting they were “sold at the fucking team shop.”

James joined Fenway Sports Group (FSG) as a partner in March 2021. FSG is the parent group company of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and English Premier League side Liverpool.

Other players have criticized Celtics supporters for being racist as well.

Kyrie Irving pled with the Boston faithful to avoid “subtle racism” upon his return to TD Garden last May. He added that he was “not the only one that can attest” to Celtics fans directing racist remarks at players.

More recently, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson said Boston supporters were “dropping F-bombs with children in the crowd” during the NBA Finals before sarcastically calling the fan base “classy.”

When asked in 2021 about players characterizing Celtics fans as racist, Boston wing Jaylen Brown said “painting every Celtics fan as a racist would be unfair” before adding that Boston has “a lot of work to do” in that regard.

LeBron James wants to see his dreams of owning an NBA franchise realized in Las Vegas.

Speaking on an upcoming episode of HBO’s “The Shop,” the Los Angeles Lakers star opened up about his desires for the next chapter of his career once his playing days conclude.

“Yeah, I wanna buy a team, for sure. … I want a team in Vegas,” James said.

The NBA currently has no concrete expansion plans in place. Commissioner Adam Silver recently denied a rumor that the 30-team league was considering Las Vegas and Seattle as candidates to host expansion franchises as soon as 2024.

James, who recently became the league’s first active player with an estimated net worth of $1 billion, previously opened up about his goal of owning an NBA franchise last season.

Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticized LeBron James on Sunday over some of the Los Angeles Lakers star’s actions and comments.

“Some of the things he’s done and said are really beneath him, as far as I can see,” Abdul-Jabbar said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “Some of the great things that he’s done – he’s standing on both sides of the fence almost, you know?

“It makes it hard for me to accept that when he’s committed himself to a different take on everything. It’s hard to figure out where he’s standing. You’ve got to check him out every time.”

Abdul-Jabbar has been publicly critical of James on a couple of occasions this season. In a video posted in early December, he addressed the Lakers forward’s “Sam Cassell dance” celebration during the week prior, remarking that “goats don’t dance” – a veiled dig at James’ claim to being the greatest of all time.

The 74-year-old also took exception to James’ social media post on Christmas Eve, in which the Lakers forward suggested he was confused about the difference between COVID-19, the flu, and the common cold. On his Substack blog, Abdul-Jabbar said the post was a “blow to (James’) worthy legacy.”

The Milwaukee Bucks and Lakers icon said that he’d be willing to have a comprehensive conversation with James regarding his criticisms.

“If he would take the time, I definitely got the time,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I admire the things that he’s done that have gotten all our attention. Sending a whole school to college? Wow. That’s amazing. His thoughtfulness and willingness to back it up with his wallet – you got to give him credit for that.

“So I’m not throwing stones. … Some of the things he’s done, he should be embarrassed about. That’s just where I’m coming from.”

In a later statement, Abdul-Jabbar reiterated his respect for the four-time MVP and said his earlier remarks were “blown out of proportion.”

LeBron James is one step closer to becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer in regular-season play.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar passed Hall of Famer Karl Malone for second on the league’s career scoring list with a driving layup during the second quarter of L.A.’s 127-119 loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

RANKPLAYERPOINTS
1Kareem Abdul-Jabbar38387
2LeBron James36947
3Karl Malone36928
4Kobe Bryant33643
5Michael Jordan32292

“Just to be a part of this league for as many years as I’ve been a part of it, and to be linked with some of the greatest to ever play this game … just lost for words for it,” James said postgame. “It’s an honor for myself, for my hometown, and for my family and friends to be able to live these moments throughout this journey, that’s exactly what I do it for.”

The 37-year-old entered the contest needing 20 points to surpass Malone and finished with 23 in the first half alone en route to a game-high 38. James now trails fellow Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by 1,440 points for most all time in the regular season.

James says he isn’t fixating on the moment when he eventually becomes the league’s top regular-season scorer in history.

“I hope to accomplish that at some point in my career, but I won’t think about it too much, pretty much until we get there, hopefully,” he said.

In February, James moved past Abdul-Jabbar as the Association’s all-time points leader when combining both regular-season and playoff totals. Earlier this month, the 18-time All-Star became the first NBA player to accumulate 30,000 points, 10,000 assists, and 10,000 rebounds.

James also finished Saturday’s game ranked seventh all time in career assists (10,024) and 39th in career rebounds (10,183).

LeBron James‘ return wasn’t enough as the Los Angeles Lakers dropped their third consecutive game, falling 130-108 to the Boston Celtics on Friday evening.

The loss dropped Los Angeles below .500 on the season, and James challenged his teammates postgame to play with a bit more purpose.

“We damn sure need to play better, no matter who is in the lineup,” James told reporters, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “We have our system, and we need to obviously fast-track it and get better with it so we can play, no matter who is out on the floor, we can play at a high level. … There’s no level of panic. But there should be some sense of urgency anytime we take the floor.”

It was an inconsistent offensive performance from the Lakers. Los Angeles scored 38 points on 61.9% shooting in the opening quarter and led by as many as 14 in the first half. However, the team shot just 41.3% from the field the rest of the way and were undone by another poor third quarter as the Celtics outscored the Lakers 33-21 in the frame.

Boston made 50% of its field goals and scored at least 30 points in each quarter. The Celtics’ 130 total points were a season-high for a Lakers opponent. Los Angeles led the Association in defensive efficiency in 2020-21 but rank 18th through 17 games this season.

“We have to get committed to playing as a team offensively,” said Lakers head coach Frank Vogel. “And when we do, like we saw in the first quarter, it looks beautiful, and you see the potential of what we can be. But we got into holding the ball too much and not playing for each other enough.

“But that’s part of learning each other and building that cohesiveness and the right habits. And then defensively, guys are going to have big roles if they commit to the defensive side. And if they don’t, they’re not. It’s that simple.”

LeBron James is the NBA’s top earner for the 2021-22 season.

The Los Angeles Lakers star claimed the No. 1 spot on Forbes‘ list of the highest-paid NBA players for the eighth straight year. James is set to earn $111.2 million, including $41.2 million in salary and an estimated $70 million from off-court ventures.

The $111.2 million is a new NBA earnings record, breaking the previous mark of $96.5 million set by James last season.

Stephen Curry is the second-highest-paid player with $92.8 million and Kevin Durant is third with $87.9 million.

In total, the NBA’s 10 highest earners are slated to make $714 million in 2021-22, marking an increase of 28% from last season.

Here’s the complete list:

RANKPLAYERTOTAL EARNINGSSALARYENDORSEMENTS
1.LeBron James$111.2M$41.2M$70M
2.Stephen Curry$92.8M$45.8M$47M
3.Kevin Durant$87.9M$40.9M$47M
4.Giannis Antetokounmpo$80.3M$39.3M$41M
5.Russell Westbrook$74.2M$44.2M$30M
6.James Harden$62.3M$44.3M$18M
7.Damian Lillard$56.3M$39.3M$17M
8.Klay Thompson$54M$38M$16M
9.Paul George$47.8M$39.3M$8.5M
10.Jimmy Butler$47M

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James disclosed Tuesday that he has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The 36-year-old admitted he initially had reservations about the vaccine, but he suggested that the well-being of the people closest to him played a role in his decision.

“I think everyone has their own choice to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family,” James said at Lakers media day, courtesy of Mark Medina of USA Today. He added, “I know that I was very (skeptical) about it all, but after doing my research and things of that nature, I felt like it was best suited for not only me but my family and my friends, and that’s why I decided to do it.”

The four-time MVP was asked in March if he was planning to get the vaccine and said it was a private matter that he would discuss with his family.

James said Tuesday that he doesn’t feel comfortable trying to convince people to receive the vaccine.

“We’re talking about individuals’ bodies,” he said. “We’re not talking about something that’s political, or racism or police brutality and things of that nature.

“We’re talking about people’s bodies and well-beings. I don’t feel like, for me personally, that I should get involved in what people should do for their bodies and their livelihoods.”

The NBA says it proposed a vaccine mandate for players this season but the union wouldn’t agree, league spokesperson Mike Bass told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said Thursday that the team’s entire roster will be fully vaccinated by the season’s Oct. 19 start date, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.

The last major sports franchise to bring a championship to Cleveland was the 2016 Cavaliers that LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love led, and Myles Garrett believes the Browns also have the makings of a superteam after adding Jadeveon Clowney and Malik Jackson to their defense.

“I’ve got my Kyrie and my Love? Well, hell, I have to prove that I’m LeBron first before anything,” the star pass-rusher said to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “I have to prove that I’m the playmaker at all levels. Hell, he’s top three in any debate that you have.”

Though Garrett is an elite defender who’s often considered for Defensive Player of the Year, the 25-year-old knows he has a long way to go before being on the four-time NBA champion and league MVP’s level.

But the defensive end is rising to that plateau after recording 12 sacks and being named a first-team All-Pro last season. He’s notched 42.5 career sacks over four campaigns, but Garrett believes one issue is holding him back from reaching his peak: availability.

Garrett has played a full season just once. He was suspended in 2019 for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with a helmet, and the 2017 first overall pick missed two games last year due to COVID-19.

“The guys who were in the talks to win DPOY, (TJ) Watt and (Aaron) Donald, great players, but I was right among them before I was hit with COVID,” Garrett said. “They didn’t get it. So they were available. They were on the field, and they took care of themselves.

“That’s on me for not doing that – however I got it – and I’ve got to make sure I’m available this year for my team, for the individual goals that I have, and for whatever run we’ll have in the playoffs.”