LeBron James is to become the execute producer of a new sitcom based around his rise from the streets to the NBA, although the Miami Heat superstar will not be starring in the show.

The show, which will be developed by Starz, is to be called Survivor's Remorse and explores the lives of two young men from the inner city who achieve fame and fortune, and how they are able to deal with their friends and families as part of that success.

One of the characters in the sitcom will be an NBA player and James, who joined the league aged only 18, says the theme of ascension from humble beginnings to great wealth - and the responsibilities that come with it - is something can relate to.

"I think the main thing for me is, first of all, making it out of a place where you're not supposed to. You're supposed to be a statistic and end up like the rest of the people in the inner city -- [and] being one of the few to make it out and everyone looking at you to be the saviour," James told ESPN.

"When you make it out, everyone expects -- they automatically think that they made it out and it's very tough for a young, African-American 18-year-old kid to now hold the responsibility of a whole city, of a whole community. I can relate to that as well."

James, who is rumoured to be a target for the LA Lakers, is developing the show with his friend of many years, and business partner, Maverick Carter, who maintains the sitcom - although similar to the life of the Heat ace - is based on fiction.

"It's definitely not an autobiographical series about my life or LeBron's life; it's fictional characters living in a fictional world," Carter explained.

"LeBron is actually too famous, he would screw the show up if I tried to make a show about him."

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