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50 Most Influential: No. 26 — Dan Gilbert / LeBron James


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26
dan 
gilbert

Owner

Cleveland Cavaliers

CHANGE FROM 2013: NEWCOMERS

lebron 
james

NBA influencer

Cleveland Cavaliers

Two figures connected for different reasons. Gilbert was surprisingly successful in luring James back to Cleveland and has the Cavs profiting greatly from James’ homecoming. Gilbert also is greatly influencing the makeover of two American cities with his investments in Detroit and Cleveland. James has transcended his status as an athlete, virtually single-handedly defining the NBA free agent market for a second time while continuing to rule the endorsement world and keep his hands in several business ventures.
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SBJ Podcast:
NBA writer John Lombardo and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss Adam Silver's selection as No. 1 atop our Most Influential list as well as many of the other NBA executives on the list.


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