LeBron James Signed a Lifetime Partnership With Nike, and It’s Kind of a Big Deal

Whatever remaining doubt that LeBron James is this generation’s Michael Jordan ¡ª however blasphemous that claim may be ¡ª might have just been squashed by the news that the 30-year-old NBA star just signed a lifetime deal with Nike.

Though the company wouldn’t confirm the exact amount, the partnership is presumed to be the most expensive single-athlete contract ever and is the first of its kind for Nike ¡ª although rumor has it Jordan has his own de facto lifetime deal.

When speaking to reporters after practice on Monday, James expressed feeling humbled by the agreement. “I’m just grateful that Nike and [Nike founder] Phil Knight and everyone over there just believed in a skinny 18-year-old kid from Akron, OH,” he said.

Considering the Cleveland Cavaliers forward just added a $21 million Brentwood, CA, mansion to his collection of abodes, this extra cash should definitely come in handy.

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LeBron James Signed a Lifetime Partnership With Nike, and It’s Kind of a Big Deal

Whatever remaining doubt that LeBron James is this generation’s Michael Jordan ¡ª however blasphemous that claim may be ¡ª might have just been squashed by the news that the 30-year-old NBA star just signed a lifetime deal with Nike.

Though the company wouldn’t confirm the exact amount| the partnership is presumed to be the most expensive single-athlete contract ever and is the first of its kind for Nike ¡ª although rumor has it Jordan has his own de facto lifetime deal.

When speaking to reporters after practice on Monday| James expressed feeling humbled by the agreement. “I’m just grateful that Nike and [Nike founder] Phil Knight and everyone over there just believed in a skinny 18-year-old kid from Akron| OH|” he said.

Considering the Cleveland Cavaliers forward just added a $21 million Brentwood| CA| mansion to his collection of abodes| this extra cash should definitely come in handy.

Image Source: Getty / Jason Miller

Meet Becky Hammon: The NBA’s First Female Coach

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The San Antonio Spurs made headlines yesterday: they’ve hired the first female full-time coach in NBA history. After 16 years on the court, WNBA star Becky Hammon will be moving on to the Spurs’ staff as a full-time assistant coach ¡ª and for good reason! Named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time in July 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points, fourth in assists, and sixth in games. While recovering from a torn ACL last year, Hammon spent time with the Spurs coaching staff for team practices and meetings and was behind the bench for home games. She proved herself to be a natural fit for the job, regardless of her gender.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic, and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.” While Lisa Boyer was on the staff of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2001 to 2002, she was a part-time coach who was unfortunately not paid for her work. The Spurs’ announcement is a huge step in the right direction for female pro athletes, since currently, there are zero female coaches (in any capacity) in the NBA, MLB, NHL, and NFL.

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Meet Becky Hammon: The NBA’s First Female Coach

Source: Facebook user Becky Hammon

The San Antonio Spurs made headlines yesterday: they’ve hired the first female full-time coach in NBA history. After 16 years on the court| WNBA star Becky Hammon will be moving on to the Spurs’ staff as a full-time assistant coach ¡ª and for good reason! Named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time in July 2011| Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points| fourth in assists| and sixth in games. While recovering from a torn ACL last year| Hammon spent time with the Spurs coaching staff for team practices and meetings and was behind the bench for home games. She proved herself to be a natural fit for the job| regardless of her gender.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff|” said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. “Having observed her working with our team this past season| I’m confident her basketball IQ| work ethic| and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.” While Lisa Boyer was on the staff of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2001 to 2002| she was a part-time coach who was unfortunately not paid for her work. The Spurs’ announcement is a huge step in the right direction for female pro athletes| since currently| there are zero female coaches (in any capacity) in the NBA| MLB| NHL| and NFL.

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