Maverick Carter Rumors
LeBron’s people don’t argue with the notion he may leave Cleveland, just not perhaps for a team near you with marketing point man Maverick Carter pooh-poohing the importance of “gigantic market(s) like Boston or Chicago or New York or L.A.” as opposed to winning titles. Not that the Lakers can’t revamp fast enough to field a contender with Bron, Paul George and their young players… but their last official with a time frame that optimistic was Jim Buss.
Starz has given the greenlight to four new docu-series’, including one called “Warriors of Liberty City,” produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment, Variety reports. The series will be set in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, which is arguably the nation’s largest hotbed for NFL talent. The show will follow a youth football team, the Liberty City Warriors, that is mentored by Luther Campbell, also known as Uncle Luke from 2 Live Crew.
Ben Simmons spent one year playing at LSU before the 76ers selected him as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Since then, Simmons has made his feelings about the NCAA very clear. Last year, he released a documentary called One and Done in which he said, “The NCAA is really (expletive) up. Everybody’s making money except the players.” He talked more about that with Maverick Carter in an episode of the Uninterrupted series called Kneading Dough and called the NCAA “a dirty business.”
The 21-year-old said he doesn’t believe there’s any point in having athletes as talented as himself spend a year in college. “I think no. I think I would’ve learned a lot more being around professional athletes. Looking back at it now, I don’t even really know what I learned financially or just being a person at LSU. I think I’ve learned a lot more this whole year, being in Philly and being a pro than I did in LSU.”
LeBron James’ business partner Maverick Carter said James — in the final year of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers — won’t start thinking about his next career step until about a week after the NBA season comes to an end. And when that time comes, location won’t play much of a role. “These days it doesn’t matter anymore,” Carter said during an interview on The Rich Eisen Show early Wednesday morning when asked specifically about the importance of where James plays. “The Lakers and the Knicks have been bad. The Knicks for a very long time and the Lakers since Kobe (Bryant) kind of aged out of being the best player or one of the best players in the league and basketball is doing as great as ever with teams in Oklahoma City and Cleveland. These days it doesn’t matter because you can be known and be a star from anywhere in the world. It doesn’t actually matter.
“Could he sell a few more sneakers if he was in a gigantic market like Boston, Chicago, New York, or L.A.? Maybe. But not as much as if he wins. What matters the most is if he wins. When you win as an athlete that matters the most.”
So if James, who owns a house in Los Angeles, wants to go in that direction when his NBA career starts winding down, doesn’t playing there make perfect sense? “I understand people keep saying that and thinking that. But the reason it doesn’t make sense is because if he does play in L.A. or he plays on the moon he can only shoot movies for three months,” Carter said. “It doesn’t matter. Even if he played in L.A. and wanted to be in a movie, he can’t shoot from basically September to June.