His final professional season was the 2011-12 season, directly after his involvement in the labor talks. When asked by our Alex Kennedy if his role in the negotiations limited his career, here is what Evans told HoopsHype: “It definitely impacted my ability to earn and [continue to] play in the NBA. But to be honest, I knew the writing was on the wall from how active of a role I played. Being an entrepreneur and businessman myself, I know certain things like that have repercussions. I don’t have any regrets. I did exactly what was right and true for the situation, which was to represent the best interest of the guys in this league moving forward.”
This year, the Jameses announced the radical step of establishing an entire new public elementary school for students identified as at-risk. It’s a powerful experiment that bucks the charter school–heavy trend of public education, radically proposing to give more to the students who have the least—as his “uncle” has noticed. “When you can change a kid’s life for the better, you’re accomplishing something great,” says Buffett, a well-known cheerleader for public schools. “With LeBron, it comes from the heart, and it comes from having been there.” Michele Roberts is the head of the National Basketball Players Association, where James is on the executive committee. “He could write the checks and fund all the programs and not make an appearance,” Roberts says, “and no one would say a word. But he actually does believe that by the force of his personality, he can inspire young people—because he comes back. He talks to them. He keeps track. His engagement is phenomenal.”
Here’s a rundown of each of all the individual awards handed out: Best Rookie: Malcolm Brogdon. Comeback Player Of The Year: Joel Embiid. Best Off The Bench: Lou Williams. Best Defender: Kawhi Leonard.