In the world of sports, power comes in many forms.

Whether it's judged by the influence a billionaire owner has on a city or how a league's commissioner effects his game, it's a debate that has had many answers over the years.

It's only after much consideration that I say this, and I do so a bit begrudgingly: LeBron James is undoubtedly the most powerful figure in all of sports.

The basketball mega-star has had no shortage of accolades tossed his way since entering the league in 2003, but he should be considered the frontrunner for the NBA's Executive of the Year for the first time in his career.

In fact, it's a bit shocking that King James hasn't garnered consideration for the award in the past. Let's face it: he wields more control over trades and free agent signings than most NBA general managers. Heck, it's probably safe to say he's more influential than any general manager in any sport.

I'd go so far as to say he's got more power than the commissioner in any of the Big Four leagues. Roger Goodell, Bud Selig; they've authored change, but over long periods of time. What LeBron wants, LeBron gets, and he does so quickly.

It first became apparent when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers, forming a dynamic trio of with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. Sure, the Heat could be viewed as a bit of a failure after winning just two titles in four years with those three leading the way, but the team was in the finals every year.


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That's no small feat.

Getting three stars together on a team is one thing; getting them to gel and function as a unit is an entirely different discussion. The Big Three of the Miami Heat generally did that.

And no one refutes that LeBron James was the architect behind those teams. Pat Riley might be the team's GM, but it's obvious who was really pulling the strings.

Now that the NBA's most gifted star has decided to return to his hometown Cavaliers, plans have already been set in motion to bring perennial all-star Kevin Love to town in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Add Love to James and Kyrie Irving and there's a new power trio to contend with in the Eastern Conference.

Sure, the Cavs will reportedly have to give up Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett -- the No. 1 picks in each of the last two drafts -- as well as a future draft pick, but it's essentially a trade that swaps potential for an established star. And having won titles in Miami, James undoubtedly pushed for the move, hoping to bring championships to his hometown team.

Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge was applauded in his early days as general manager of the team for his willingness to make big trades to benefit the team in the present, often potentially sacrificing the future in the process. But Ainge has nothing on James.

Few GMs in any league have the clout LeBron James does. Players want to play with him. Whether in a ritzy city like Miami or the polar opposite in Cleveland, players know that a team with James is an automatic contender.

The fact of the matter is this: the NBA is a league run by its biggest stars and, right now, none of them shine brighter than LeBron James.

He might just be the brightest in all of sports.

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