Paul Pierce says LeBron James’ move to Lakers ‘was more a business decision than a basketball decision’
Former Boston Celtics star and current ESPN talking head Paul Pierce continues to stay in the news with his comments, with the latest on LeBron James’ decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers:
“Everybody sees where LeBron went to L.A.,” Pierce said in a Bleacher Report interview with Howard Beck. “That was more of a business decision than a basketball decision: ‘That’s that place where I want to live, I’m gonna grow my brand and life and basketball.’ Especially for guys who have already been to the promised land.”
This is a common criticism of LeBron’s decision, given he could’ve gone to other places where he had a better chance to compete for a championship right away.
In his first season with the Lakers, James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists, but he only played 55 games and the team went 37-45, 10th in the Western Conference. He hadn’t missed the playoffs since 2005 before this season, and there was plenty of drama in Los Angeles.
However, James is also star in the business arena, and being in LA helps that. With an estimated $450 million net worth, James has a lifetime deal with Nike, plus stakes in Beat Electronics, Liverpool F.C., Blaze Pizza and SpringHill Entertainment.
With movie appearances in “Trainwreck” and “Smallfoot,” and a July 16, 2021 release date for “Space Jam 2,” James certainly looks to be making his mark in Hollywood. He obviously also wants to win more championships, and the Lakers very well could do that before he retires as he tries to live the best of both worlds.