Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has been named in Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders along with Yao Ming and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
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Fortune released their list this week which included the three NBA related figures as the league continues to have a growing global presence, and it remains the only major American sports league to have representation.
Ming was included not only for his impact in the NBA during his playing career, but also for his work done since returning to China after his retirement.
The 7-foot 6-inch star has spoken out about various animal abuses including the illegal ivory trade in the country and the practice of hunting sharks.
It is also suggested that Ming’s efforts to push-start opening talks in the public forum has resulted in more social debate in the country as a whole.
Meanwhile, Silver appeared in the list after a successful first year in the job as Commissioner given his swift and ultimately successful dealings with former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Silver is described as energetic and creative by the magazine, and his forward-thinking and openness to put the players first have ensured that he has been included in the greatest leaders list.
James has had an impact both on and off the court in order to gain recognition as he moved back to the Cavs last summer in order to bring a group together and win a first championship for Cleveland.
Given that he didn’t need to move back and could easily have remained in Miami where he had the opportunity to win more championships immediately, he gained a lot of respect from the magazine for that as well as for his newly elected position as VP of the NBA’s Player Association.