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LeBron James' championship this year is 'Space Jam,' ESPN reporter says

LeBron James' championship this year is 'Space Jam,' ESPN reporter says

LeBron James is way more than a basketball player.

The three-time NBA champion is an extremely successful businessman, and he is in the process of building a media empire in Los Angeles.

LeBron is very serious about wanting to own an NBA team in the future and as ESPN's Brian Windhorst said this week on the "Five Reasons Sports -- Miami" podcast:

"He's gonna need a lot of money to do that. You're gonna have to have hundreds of millions. And that's what he wants to do. So he's gotta make deals that are gonna be very rewarding."

As you probably know, LeBron will be starring in Space Jam 2 -- which is slated to hit the big screen in July 2021.

Filming and production will start this summer, and the project is of monumental importance to the four-time NBA MVP.

Here is more of what Windhorst had to say during the aforementioned podcast:

"Really, LeBron's championship this year -- if Maverick Carter (LeBron's business partner) heard me say this he would probably get pretty upset by it --  but LeBron's championship this year is Space Jam. His season is over, he's now gonna have five months off, they're gonna film Space Jam in June and July.

"If that movie is a success and Warner Brothers gets their investment back and it makes money, LeBron is gonna have the possibility to make more movies -- whether he's in them or whether it's with his production company. If you make a successful movie, the door opens to you in Hollywood.

"And they've got big-time people associated with that movie. This is a major, major thing. And if this thing hits, it sets him up to make movies for years. If it doesn't hit, I think his media company takes a serious step backwards."

LeBron already took a step backwards on the court this year. While his numbers -- 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 51 percent shooting -- are still impressive, his defense was probably the worst it's ever been.

He played a career-low 55 games in his first year with the Lakers, dealt with lots of turmoil surrounding Anthony Davis' trade request, and will not appear in the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

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The "LeBron haters" out there -- which include most Warriors fans -- have certainly enjoyed the pitfalls this season, and they will probably get a kick out of Windhorst's additional comments:

"I'm not saying that he's been in the writing room every day or anything, but he's gotta be focused on thinking about this movie. And that's his championship this year.

"They can tell me I'm wrong, but it's no coincidence that the year that he knew his eight-year run of Finals was gonna end -- and he knew that a long time ago -- that it's the year they're making Space Jam, that they're filming in the summer.

"I don't buy that's a coincidence, so I think the Space Jam thing is his big move for 2019."

The Lakers recently shut down LeBron for the rest of the season, so he will not be in uniform when the Warriors face the Lakers on Thursday night.

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Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Believe it or not, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was once the worst player on his basketball team. That was at UCLA, but in his defense, he was one of the stand-outs in high school.

He was a star for the Monte Vista Mustangs and was recently part of the first Athletic Hall of Fame class.

Before the dinner honoring the group of inductees, he told his kids that he was being honored for being a good player, and they poked fun at him as they were confused about him being referred to as a talented athlete.

"But I'm in man, I got in -- they can't take it away," Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. 

His former school honored him with a plaque that he's sporting on his dashboard. He also got a license plate frame.

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Fitzgerald said he will be calling Myers "Hall of Famer" for the rest of the year.

Suppose that means it was worth it.

Warriors GM Bob Myers breaks down what Marquese Chriss brings to team

Warriors GM Bob Myers breaks down what Marquese Chriss brings to team

Marquese Chriss hasn't wasted any time adjusting to the Warriors after being acquired in October.

"He's done a nice job, he's played in the five -- I don't think he's played a ton of five, screen-setting, just the littlest things," general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. "Changing his angle on the screens, he's learned to play off these guys."

"Sometimes you need a bit of a wakeup call to just start doing the little things."

The little things the big man has been working on stretch beyond his playing ability. Young Chriss, at just 22 years old, has already been on four teams in three years if you include the Dubs.

When he was brought in, he was viewed as someone to not only make an impact now but down the line.

The team hadn't had a high draft pick in several years and to get someone of his age and caliber is the perfect addition to the roster as Kerr explained after acquiring Chriss

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Chriss looks forward to making a comeback after being plagued with a history of injuries. And the Warriors appear to be happy with the gamble they took. But time will tell.