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Fresh off Space Jam: A New Legacy opening to $31 million at the box office, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James' pockets just got a lot deeper, as the four-time champion was just announced as the first player in NBA history to make $1 billion in career earnings while still playing, per Sportico. That's no small feat, and it's a testament to the diversity in projects and endorsements James has his hands in off the court.According to the Sportico, LeBron has earned $330 million in playing salary since getting drafted in 2003, while bringing in a whopping $700 million through endorsements, merchandise, licensing and media.His endorsements with AT&T, Beats, Blaze Pizza, GMC, PepsiCo, Rimowa and Walmart bring in over $100 million annually alone. That's on top of the gobs of money he makes through his partnership with Nike, with which he signed a lifetime deal back in 2016 that brings in $30 million annually on its own.Not only is LeBron the first player in NBA history to pass that threshold while active, but he's also only the sixth athlete globally to reach that mark, a list that includes Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer.Amongst other NBA players, the next closest player to reach him is Kevin Durant, who is currently sitting at $580 million in career earnings, followed by Stephen Curry at $430 million. James has reached a milestone that no other team sport athlete in the U.S. has ever reached, but he likely won't be the last. Durant, for example, is only $420 million away from crossing that mark. He's still owed $84 million by the Nets on his contract, and his shoe deal with Nike is expected to net him around $85 million through 2024, per Sportico. His investment deals through his company Thirty-Five Ventures also bring in a significant amount of money, and if he's able to stay healthy he could play for at least five to seven more years.Looking even further down the line, the next generation of NBA superstars could get to that number even sooner as guys like Luka Doncic and Trae Young are set to make hundreds of millions of dollars on their next contract.Factoring in signature shoe lines, endorsements with other companies and personal branding, NBA players have figured out how to make a significant amount of money outside of just playing basketball. James -- and Jordan before him -- certainly pioneered a lot of that for younger players to try and emulate, and now they can look at LeBron and see that his off-court success has been even more significant than what he's done on the floor.-- Originally published by CBS News.‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Star LeBron James Says the Film Was a ‘Very Humbling’ ExperienceThis video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page.RELATED CONTENT:LeBron James on Son Bronny Covering 'Sports Illustrated' at 16LeBron James & Bugs Bunny Team Up in 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' TrailerLeBron James Honored With President's Award at 2021 NAACP Image AwardsLeBron James Receives NAACP President's Award at 52nd Image Awards 

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Some of the NBA's biggest names are reading less-than-flattering things about themselves. On the latest edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Mean Tweets," athletes including Shaquille O'Neal, Kyle Lowry and Trae Young hilariously reacted after finding out what some Twitter users really think of them.The segment came amid the NBA finals, in which the Phoenix Suns are leading the Milwaukee Bucks 1-0."Shaquille O'Neal? More like Shaquille-Hasn't-Missed-A-Meal," the retired player read, before responding, "Tell your mother to make my sandwich -- and be naked when I get there. Hi, mom."Next came someone calling Miami Heat's assistant coach Caron Butler a "s**t turd," another troll stating that the Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton "can chop down trees with his teeth," and a third Twitter user saying that Dwight Howard, a player for the Philadelphia 76ers, "looks like a Sound Cloud rapper who offers you his albums at the gas station you avoid.""Kemba actually lead[s] all guards in charges drawn two of the last three years," Kemba Walker of the Oklahoma City Thunder read. "My theory is that he is so short they simply do not see him.""That's probably true, actually," he admitted in response.Another tweet said that the Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry "looks like a 'Where's my hug?' type dude," to which he responded, "I need my hug."Brandon Ingram of the New Orleans Pelicans said he doesn't know "what that means" after reading that he's "so skinny he can look through a peep hole with both eyes.""I like Trae Young but his hair looks like a lollipop that got dropped on the carpet," the Atlanta Hawks player read, before responding, "What flavor lollipop? It may be delicious."Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine was one of the last subjects, reading off a tweet that stated, "Zach LaVine sucks and the Bulls never should've traded Jimmy Butler. If you disagree you're wrong and suck my butthole.""I do disagree, but I'm gonna pass," he replied. "Strong pass."Watch the video below to see another edition of "Mean Tweets."RELATED CONTENT:Lil Wayne & More Hip Hop Stars Read Mean Tweets Ahead Of Kanye West on 'Kimmel'This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page.Tom Brady Reads 'Mean Tweets' Including a NSFW One About Wife GiseleBernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and More Read 'Mean Tweets' on 'JKL'Tom Brady Gets Mocked Multiple Times in NFL 'Mean Tweets' 

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Space Jam 2 is almost here! LeBron James teams up with the Tune Squad for his biggest challenge since coming back from a 3-1 deficit against the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals in Space Jam: A New Legacy, which premieres in theaters and on HBO Max this month.The follow-up to the 1996 classic finds this generation's top NBA star teaming up with the Looney Tunes, much like Michael Jordan did in the original, only this time, LeBron is playing for his son, who has been kidnapped by a rogue A.I. (Don Cheadle). The film was directed by Ryan D. Lee and produced by Ryan Coogler.If you don't want to miss the JAM, read on for all the details on Space Jam: A New Legacy below.When does Space Jam: A New Legacy premiere? Friday, July 16.How to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy on HBO Max: Just subscribe to HBO Max to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy when it premieres on July 16, and will be available for 31 days. HBO Max plans cost $14.99 per month, and if you already had HBO before HBO Max launched, you may already have access. Visit HBO Max's website for more details.SUBSCRIBE NOWHow to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy in theaters: Just like the thrill of being back in an NBA arena, if you're safely vaccinated, you might be ready to get back to theaters to see LeBron and the Tune Squad throw down! Go ahead and search Fandango to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy in theaters if it's playing near you.Who's in the cast? Zendaya will voice Lola Bunny in the movie, which alongside LeBron James and Cheadle will also feature Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jeff Bergman and Eric Bauza. You can also expect some major NBA and WNBA superstars, including Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Nneka Ogwumike, Diana Taurasi and Klay Thompson.That's all, folks!In the meantime, watch the video below for what Cheadle had to say about facing off against LeBron.'Space Jam: A New Legacy' Star Don Cheadle Talks Facing Off Against Lebron JamesThis video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page.RELATED STORIES:'Space Jam' Stars Didn't Know Michael B. Jordan Was In the MovieZendaya Joins 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' as the Voice of Lola Bunny'Space Jam: A New Legacy' Trailer No. 1