This month, LeBron James turns 39 years old while in the midst of his 21st season in the NBA. Take a trip to 2050 with us, as we dream about the future of Northeast Ohio’s most famous son. By Danny Cunningham
The year is 2050, and a 66-year-old LeBron James is finally retired, spending his time flying between homes in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Northeast Ohio. He keeps close tabs on the new NBA team in Vegas, of which he is a part-owner. He also enjoys ownership in the Las Vegas Aces, the city’s successful WNBA team.
After playing at a high level into his 40s — a feat that is nothing short of remarkable — he is still the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored and holds the crown for most games played and longest tenure in the league, eclipsing the current mark of 22 years held by Vince Carter. After the Cavs selected his oldest son Bronny with a second-round pick in 2025 and his youngest son Bryce in 2027, James returned to Cleveland for a storybook ending to a legendary career.
After being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame early in the 2030s, Akron’s native son turned his focus to more than just basketball. His production company, SpringHill Entertainment, continues to produce movies and television shows. As a result of his lifetime endorsement deal with Nike, James is also still in the apparel game, with his signature crown logo adorning the uniforms of his team in Vegas as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Despite continuous calls for him to run for president of the United States, James has stayed true to his word that he won’t run. Still, he continues the fight for racial justice, and his foundation’s I Promise School in Akron has made a difference in the lives of more than 10,000 people.
After first hitting Forbes’ billionaire list in 2023, James’ combined ventures puts him among the wealthiest people in the world. More than that, one of the greatest athletes to ever walk the planet has rewritten the blueprint for what’s possible as just a kid from Akron.
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