Ohio Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden support, gas tax questions remain on infrastructure This week: Senate set for voting rights fight Portman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE's (R) retirement announcement is sparking calls for basketball great Lebron James to take a shot at his seat.

Portman said Monday that he wouldn't seek a third term in 2022, saying partisanship and the "increasingly polarized country" played a role in his decision.

Social media quickly began buzzing following Portman's announcement, with many users voicing their support for the Los Angeles Laker player to become Sen. James.


The 36-year-old sports star and philanthropist, who was born in Akron, Ohio, and played 11 seasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers, has frequently weighed in on political and social justice issues and was a prominent critic of former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE.


A rep for James didn't return ITK's request for comment.

The four-time NBA champion, who launched his voting rights organization More Than a Vote in 2020, has shut down talk of a political run before.

"No, I'm not considering it," James said last year, after Houston Rockets player DeMarcus Cousins suggested he make a White House bid.