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LeBron James has always talked about buying a basketball team.
And now it seems he has the perfect opportunity to actually do so.
The Los Angeles Lakers megastar has registered his interest in purchasing WNBA team the Atlanta Dream following co-owner Kelly Loeffler's election defeat.
Republican politician and team boss Loeffler was already deeply unpopular among the Dream players as a result of her strong opposition of the Black Lives Matter movement.
So when she lost her US Senate run-off election in Georgia, many were calling for her head to roll in the Atlanta Dream set up.
And it appears her potential replacement is already waiting in the wings to take over.
"Think I'm gone put together an ownership group for the The Dream," NBA icon LeBron James tweeted in the wake of Loeffler's election loss.
Think I'm gone put together an ownership group for the The Dream. Whose in? #BlackVotesMatter:fist: pic.twitter.com/9wclgdED2w
- LeBron James (@KingJames) January 6, 2021
The tweet was accompanied with an image of the Atlanta Dream players wearing t-shirts urging people to vote for Loeffler's Democrat rival Raphael Warnock.
The tweet itself already has over 200,000 likes with plenty of high-profile celebrities also putting their hands up to get involved.
Rock band Smash Mouth replied: "We're in!!!!!!!!!!!!"
While American actress, comedian, and writer Wanda Skyes responded: "Yes! Please do!"
Even Los Angeles Dodgers baseball star Mookie Betts chipped in, adding: "Count me in!!!"
It's pretty clear that Loeffler isn't too popular among the people of Atlanta.
Her 10-year reign as Dream co-owner came under heavy fire last year when she publicly criticised the NBA's decision to put "Black Lives Matter" messages on player jerseys following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
In a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, Loeffler wrote: "I adamantly oppose the Black Lives Matter political movement, which has advocated for the defunding of police, called for the removal of Jesus from churches and the disruption of the nuclear family structure, harbored anti-Semitic views, and promoted violence and destruction across the country."
This resulted in huge backlash, with many Dream fans calling for Loeffler to step down from her role.
The players themselves weren't best pleased either, so much so that they publicly declared their support for Loeffler's Democrat rival Raphael Warnock - the same powerful image used by LeBron in his recent tweet.