Posted by Erik Fontanez @erikf
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The "King" wants to rule over an NBA franchise.

While he basks in what is surely a glorious summer that follows winning an NBA title, LeBron James is looking forward to the future. Yeah, the immediate future is obviously repeating as an NBA champion, but we're talking even further than that because James said he one day wants to own an NBA team.

The 13-year NBA veteran appeared on the Wednesday edition of the Open Run Podcast and said he's dreamed of owning a franchise because he basically has a super-basketball brain that would be beneficial to any team looking for a head.

"I would love to continue to give my knowledge to the game. I would love to be a part of a franchise - if not at the top ... My dream is to actually own a team. I don't need to (be) fully hands on. If I'm fortunate enough to own a team, then I'll going to hire the best GM and president that I can. But I feel like I got a good eye for not only talent, because we all see a lot of talent, but the things that make the talent. The chemistry, what type of guy he is, his work ethic, his passion, the basketball I.Q. side of things. Because talent only goes so far."

James owning a team isn't completely out of the box for former NBA players. Just ask Michael Jordan about what that process is like. His answer would likely consist of running the Charlotte Hornets and trying to revisit "Linsanity" or something. You'll probably also get a mention of how his name is on your shoes.

Some might even say James is already running a team with his role in Cleveland. After all, you've all seen the stories implying the guy is the team's general manager, right? That name plaque that reads "LeBron James, Owner" can't be far off.

When his playing days are done, you can probably make a safe bet that James will put in a bid for an NBA team. Someone who today is the league's highest-paid player has the kind of collateral to make this kind of thing happen.

But he's not putting in bids quite yet, so let's just remember his destruction of the Golden State Warriors in last year's NBA Finals and patiently wait for the 2016-2017 season to arrive.