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NBA players with connections to football

   NBA players with connections to football

November 7, 2022

People who are great sports players are frequently great at multiple sports. Michael Jordan, a professional basketball and baseball player, is probably the most well-known example. One example is Tim Duncan, who excels at swimming and basketball.

Over the years, though, there have been many that have been interested in football (soccer), too. Therefore, it is no secret that some of the biggest names in the NBA have an ownership stake in soccer teams. In fact, it's become somewhat of a trend in recent years.

Indeed, it would not be a surprise if many of them also have one eye on the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup and are looking forward to seeing the beginning of this year’s edition, especially with the USMNT and Canada both involved.

With football and basketball incredibly popular betting sports for many across the US and the world, we already know that many are looking at the sports markets at in2bet.com.cy, where they are able to find all of the latest odds and markets for the games scheduled to be played in Qatar over the course of the next month, but could we see interest from some of the names to appear on the list below?

Here's a look at some of the most notable NBA players who own soccer teams.

James Harden of the Houston Dynamo

One of the most recent examples is James Harden, who purchased a minority stake in the Houston Dynamo in 2019. The deal made Harden the first active NBA player to own part of an MLS team. Prior to purchasing the Dynamo, Harden had been a big fan of the team and was often seen attending their games, perhaps because he was a part of the Houston Rockets roster.

Kevin Durant of the Philadelphia Union

Another big name in the NBA who owns a soccer team is Kevin Durant. Durant, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, is a minority owner of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union. He became an owner back in 2018 and has since been very involved with the team, even attending practices on occasion.

Magic Johnson of LAFC

Magic Johnson is one of the most well-known basketball players of all time and he also happens to be an owner of an MLS team. He is a part-owner of Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), which made its debut in 2018.

Steve Nash of the Vancouver Whitecaps

NBA legend Steve Nash is another basketball player with ties to MLS. He is part-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, which he joined in 2009 when the team was still playing in Division 2. Nash has helped guide the Whitecaps through their transition to MLS and has been instrumental in their success both on and off the field.

LeBron James of Liverpool

Arguably the most famous basketball player in the world, LeBron James, also has an ownership stake in a soccer team. He is part-owner of English Premier League club Liverpool FC. James first purchased a minority stake in Liverpool back in 2011 and has since helped grow its worldwide brand and following.


Whether it's because they're fans themselves or they see it as a good investment opportunity, more and more NBA players are becoming owners of soccer teams. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues in the years to come.

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