On Thursday, Wilson said he plans to have an ownership stake in the basketball team, should the NBA return to Seattle. “Yeah, I will. Yes, for sure,” Wilson said. “It’s going to be an exciting thing. “I met Chris a few years ago, and we were having a great conversation. … I’ve told you guys I’ve been really authentic about wanting to own a team one day and being a part of something really special and doing that. And even though I’m young, I definitely have a business mindset. And I want to be able to help people and give back and help change this community, continue to change this community for the better.”
Since the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer, the Chicago Bulls All-Star swingman has packed a football with him on trips. The football, given to him by Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown, has made appearances in NBA arenas and practice facilities all across the country and is sure to be seen on the Bulls’ current six-game road trip, which starts in Portland on Tuesday night and ends in Philadelphia on Nov. 25. For a team that struggled with unity last season, the football has become a symbol of what the Bulls hope will be a more cohesive group this season. Dwyane Wade noted that when his friends ask about his new team, one of the first things he mentions is the ball.
“So I didn’t know why he carried that football around like that everywhere he went … but this is cool for this team. It’s a moment that you take just to build something. Anything, when you’ve got a new group together, is something.” Butler saw during his time with Team USA in Rio that a lot of players enjoyed the camaraderie that came with throwing the ball around. “I think everybody loves football,” Butler said. “It gives you something else to do, compete in. Who can catch better, who can throw the ball the best? It brings everybody a little closer together, I guess.”
James, one of the NBA’s most high-profile stars, said he isn’t sure why fans are tuning the NFL out. “I’ve heard some of the comments from some of the players, as far as the game, the fun part of it is kind of being taken away. And I know when I played football, I played it for that reason,” James said after Cavs practice Monday. “For the competition, one, and for the fun of it … I’ve seen a couple of the main guys talk about how the game is not as fun. It’s all political, things of that nature, at this point. You definitely don’t want to take the fun away from the game. That’s why we all fell in love with sports in general is because you have fun with it at the beginning.