What seemed like an impossibility over a year ago became a reality when the Los Angeles Lakers were able to lure LeBron James to sign as a free agent. LeBron had remained quiet on the topic, but he opened up to the media as he unveiled his new school in Akron, OH.
A number of factors led LeBron, who could have signed for more money in Cleveland, to join Los Angeles.
“You look at the Lakers (and) being able to play for a historic franchise with so much history. Now being able to partner with Magic Johnson, someone I kind of looked up to when I was younger, wanted to make no-look passes like Magic, wanted to get on the break and be ‘Showtime’ like Magic, and then for it to all come to fruition at this point, I think timing is everything,” LeBron explained in a video published on his media site.
LeBron signed a 4-year, $154 million contract and his presence swayed multiple free agents, such as Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, and JaVale McGee, to join him in his quest to restore the Lakers’ legacy.
The Lakers are coming off their worst 5-year stretch in team history, but LeBron’s presence has the team poised to make a seismic leap in a difficult Western Conference. The team is still positioned financially to chase other elite stars in 2019, and Johnson and Rob Pelinka were not forced to relinquish any of their promising young core.
LeBron wants a quick return to the LA glory days.
“That’s what we’re trying to get back to and I’m happy to be a part of the culture and be a part of us getting back to that point,” he added.
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