LeBron James becomes partner in group that owns Red Sox

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles the ball up the court against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, March 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

LeBron James is becoming a part-owner of the Boston Red Sox.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar confirmed Tuesday night that he and his longtime business partner, Maverick Carter, are taking an ownership stake in the Fenway Sports Group.

“For me and my partner Maverick to be the first two Black men to be a part of that ownership group, it’s pretty damn cool,” James said. “It gives people who look like me hope and inspiration that it can be done.”

The FSG conglomerate owns the Red Sox, English soccer powerhouse Liverpool and the Roush Fenway Racing NASCAR team.

“It’s great to be with such a great group,” James said of FSG, with which he has had a relationship for a decade. “They’ve done so many great things over the years, and just that collective group of people, they’re amazing to be part of. The Red Sox are a historical franchise. We know the history of the World Series championships they’ve brought back to Boston, the players that have come through there and legacy they hold.”

James also confirmed that this deal is an important step on the road to his ultimate goal of owning an NBA franchise.

“I’ve always said my goal is to own an NBA team,” James said. “I’ve got so much to give to the game. I know what it takes to win at this level. I also know how to run a business, so that is my goal. My goal is to own an NBA franchise. It’ll be sooner than later.”

Active players aren't allowed to own NBA or WNBA teams, so that dream will have to wait at least a few more years for the 36-year-old James, who is still at his competitive peak.