LeBron James has been one of the most hated players, but also the most beloved for stepping out on his own and being his own man by making the decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers. He joined with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to make a dream team for the Miami Heat. And now, he’s rejoining with old friends that also have his best interest at heart.
James has made another instrumental decision in his basketball enterprise by parting ways with his second agent, Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), since joining the league in 2003. Now he’ll be represented by his longtime friend, Rich Paul. Paul owns Klutch Sports Management, but started working for CAA in 2008. He branched off to start his own agency, but hasn’t yet become a certified agent. He already represents players like “Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph.”
James’ teammates and buddies did not follow him on this decision though. Dwyane Wade, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Heat forward Chris Bosh and San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker all remain with CAA. And before any gossip gets started, James made an amicable split with Rose and all is well. James is just helping Paul make a name for himself with Klutch Sports Management.
James, Paul, Maverick Carter and Randy Mims are childhood friends who have long called themselves “The Four Horsemen.” They formed a management group called LRMR, which heads James’ sports portfolio and is led by Carter.
“Being young and black and going into a business where you are trying to establish position and where you are able to make business decisions with the lack of what people would call an education, not having a degree … no one wanted to give us a chance,” Rich Paul told Yahoo! Sports in June.
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