California just legalized college athlete pay — with the help of LeBron James. Here's how the NBA icon became one of America's most influential labor activists.

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California just legalized college athlete pay — with the help of LeBron James. Here's how the NBA icon became one of America's most influential labor activists.
California just legalized college athlete pay — with the help of LeBron James. Here's how the NBA icon became one of America's most influential labor activists.

James opened the door for players to freely choose where they want to play. In 2016, fellow MVP Kevin Durant shocked the basketball world by leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors. His decision also garnered media outcry, though for slightly different reasons — he left to a team that only narrowly beat his Thunder in the 7-game Western Conference Championship. Durant later said he looked at James' decision to leave Cleveland before he chose to leave OKC. This offseason, free agent players moved teams freely, often opting to team up with friends, like Russell Westbrook's move to James Harden's Houston Rockets — or Durant again moving on to join Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn

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