LeBron James' decision will affect more than just the team he plays for.
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AP) -- LeBron James's manager says he believes race played a factor in how the two-time reigning NBA MVP's decision to join the Miami Heat was covered this summer.
Maverick Carter did not cite specifics when talking to CNN for a story that aired Wednesday night.
Carter tells the cable network that race "definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media" during coverage of James' free-agent saga.
James turned down a chance to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers and ultimately decided to join the Heat in an oft-criticized televised special that raised $3 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
James was expected to talk to the media Thursday and a e-mail to his representatives requesting comment was not immediately answered.