Damian Lillard believes LeBron James has future as a GM because ‘he always gets it right’

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Damian Lillard believes LeBron James has future as a GM because ‘he always gets it right’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Since team captains in the NBA All-Star Game became a thing in 2018, LeBron James is a perfect 4-0.

While you can’t go wrong assembling a team with the world’s best players, James knows what it takes to put together a squad that can steal the show. Take the 2021 All-Star Game for example when Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry put on a shooting clinic for Team LeBron in Sunday’s game. 

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Steph scored 28 points and Lillard chipped in with 32, including the game-winner from half court that even had Curry waving goodbye to Team Durant.

After Lillard helped lead Team LeBron to a 170-150 win, the Trail Blazers guard had some praise for his All-Star captain.

Yeah, I think he’s got a future as a GM because he always gets it right.

- Damian Lillard on Lebron James

The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, echoed those sentiments in a Twitter post after the game.

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This isn’t the first time, and likely not the last, that the Los Angeles Lakers star has been compared to a GM of sorts. In fact, James’ transition to an NBA front office would probably fit him well.

In Feb. 2019, the four-time-NBA champion explained to The Athletic that he has plans of staying around the game of basketball even after retirement. He mentioned that team ownership was a long-term goal.

"Ain't no maybe about it, I'm going to do that s--t," James said.

After collecting four MVPs, four titles, 17 NBA All-Star MVPs and cementing his role as the league’s most popular player, LeBron checks a lot of the boxes of what it takes to be a future GM.  

LeBron made first steps toward becoming a boss of an ever-growing empire recently when he and Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony publicly discussed the idea of putting together an ownership group for the Atlanta Dream.

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While the Lakers superstar mulled over the idea of buying the “dream” WNBA franchise, LeBron and his More Than A Vote campaign helped Renee Montgomery officially purchase the Atlanta Dream from former U.S. senator Kelly Loeffler in Georgia following her attacks on the Black Lives Matter movement.

One thing is for certain: whether James becomes a team owner or GM in the future, Lillard views LeBron’s future as a big-time win.