‘Nike had to give Bron a billion not to run away’: Former NBA Finals MVP relives Kanye West’s controversial comments on how LeBron James earned his massive net worth


LeBron James is not only one of the greatest players of all time, but he is also one of the richest players to ever play the game. Four-time NBA champion, 18-time All-Star and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, some might say he’s had more success off the court. Bron has accumulated a wealth of wealth and owns various businesses around the world.

LeBron has made over $900 million in revenue from his business ventures and other endorsements. For the past year, he was the second-highest earning athlete in the world, largely due to his off-court activities. He gets a lot of help making that money from his marketing team led by Maverick Carter and his agent, Rich Paul.


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LeBron James: billionaire athlete

According to Forbes, LeBron became a billionaire after another year of monster earnings. In doing so, he became the first active NBA player to make the billionaire list. LeBron maxed out his business to earn over $1.2 billion in pre-tax profits. Over the years, he has earned over $385 million in salary from the teams he has played for. It also makes him the highest-earning active player in the NBA.

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March 14, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) moves for the dunk against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has been a Nike athlete since his first year in the league. Famous for rejecting offers from Adidas and Reebok, he signed his first contract with Nike at the age of 18. After more than a decade of success, Bron and Nike have struck a lifetime deal that helps him earn millions every year.

Kanye’s comments on Bron


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While discussing James’ wealth on their podcast, Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner mentioned what superstar rapper Kanye West had to say about LeBron. “Nike had to give Bron a billion not to run away”, Kanye said, according to Iggy. They continued to discuss how LeBron makes so much money.

Iguodala added, “It’s not necessarily how much you sell, but it’s valuable for sneaker companies to have some numbers for the culture of it all.” He continued, “It might not be LeBron selling his shoes, but people wearing Nikes because of LeBron. Evan Turner, a former player himself, accepted Iggy’s point of view. He said, “As far as the inheritance goes, they’re going to make so much money.”


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LeBron James is one of the greatest athletes when it comes to off-court business ventures. He is intelligent and receives the necessary help from his associates. Not every athlete can be a billionaire, let alone do so through active gambling. The “LeBron James” brand continues to grow and who knows how far it can go.


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