LeBron James tells his wish to NBA commissioner Adam Silver
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LeBron James says he would like to own an NBA team located in Las Vegas one day. On Wednesday night in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Lakers handed a 119-115 loss to the Phoenix Suns at T-Mobile Arena. When James was asked about the NBA hosting a preseason game in Las Vegas, James had a message for NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
"I would love to bring a team here at some point. That would be amazing. I know Adam is in Abu Dhabi right now, I believe. But he probably sees every single interview and transcript that comes through from NBA players. So, I want the team here, Adam.
Thank you," James said, per ESPN. James. who is already a part owner of Liverpool FC, would like to be the owner of a Las Vegas-based NBA team in the future. "I want a team in Vegas. I want the team in Vegas," James noted.
James' wish may become a reality one day
During the NBA Finals, Silver was asked if there was a chance of the NBA expanding beyond 30 teams.
"We are not discussing that at this time," Silver said. "As I said before, at some point, this league invariably will expand, but it's not at this moment that we are discussing it." When Silver was specifically asked about Las Vegas and Seattle as two possible destinations for expansion, he had nothing but good to say of those two markets.
"Those are wonderful markets," Silver said. "We were in Seattle. I'm sorry we are no longer there. We have a WNBA team in Seattle in an almost brand-new building that's doing spectacular. And Las Vegas, where we will be at our summer league in July, has shown itself to be a great sports market as well." In recent years, Las Vegas got an NFL and NHL franchise.
Lakers head coach Darvin Ham also suggested Las Vegas would be a nice place for an NBA franchise. "I think it's a great city. The natural organic energy that's here built into the city, it goes hand in hand with the level of sports that have been considered to be placed here.
It's a no-brainer. Down the road. I don't want to speak for the NBA or the commissioner, but I think at some point you'll see a permanent NBA team here calling Las Vegas home," Ham said of Las Vegas.