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LeBron James Among NBA All-Stars Buying Major League Baseball Pickleball Team

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is one of the few NBA stars who bought into one of America’s fastest-growing sports: pickleball.

Major League Pickleball announced Wednesday that an investment group led by James and Maverick Carter, his business partner, has the rights to a professional pickleball team.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love are also involved in the investment group.

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Draymond Green (23) of the Golden State Warriors speaks with the injured LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers at the Chase Center on April 7, 2022 in San Francisco.
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The idea seems to have originated with Carter, who plays the game, a combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

“When I started playing pickleball, I immediately connected with the community of the sport and its ability to be fun and competitive,” Carter told CNBC. “Seeing the sport grow in communities around the world is really exciting, and we look forward to bringing our experience together to try and build a championship team.”

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Major League Pickleball is growing rapidly, expanding from 12 to 16 teams next year. League players will also compete in six tournaments for $2 million in prize money. This year’s final tournament, played from October 1. 14-16 in Columbus, Ohio, will have a purse of $319,000. It is the largest in pickleball history.

Amateur pickleball players play mixed doubles matches during the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Baird Wealth Management Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Amateur pickleball players play mixed doubles matches during the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Baird Wealth Management Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
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“Having SC Holdings, LRMR Ventures and their incredible group as owners and investors in Major League Pickleball is not only great for MLP. It’s a watershed moment for pickleball in general,” MLP founder Steven Kuhn said in a statement. “Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the country, building communities in cities and towns around the world. This investment and the platform this group provides will significantly help us with our goal of reaching 40 million pickleball players by 2030.” “.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 1, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 1, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles.
(Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

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So as James, Green and Love look ahead to another NBA season, they’ll also be focused on their new investment.

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