Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Los Angeles institutions pay their respects to future Lakers forward LeBron James

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Sergio Cook | 06 July, 2018, 00:56

LeBron James is not now pressuring the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire a second star.

Kawhi Leonard has been the biggest rumored target for the Lakers to play next to James, but Los Angeles will need to fork over quite a bit in order to pry him away from the Spurs. Similarly, given Los Angeles could clear enough cap space for two max contracts, the suggestion at least another All-Star would join LeBron in California was nearly taken for granted.

What made James' move to Hollywood surprising is that it seemed to have come without a carefully orchestrated plan. LeBron James and the Lakers agreed to a 4-year deal worth 154M. The four-time NBA All-Star, who called the Warriors to solicit his services, has career averages of 21.5 points, 11 rebounds per year game in eight seasons, including 25.2 and 12.9 last season with the Pelicans. Thus his teammates have to be adept at playing off the ball, or at least willing to accept that role, which was one cause of the eventual desire of another prominent point guard, Kyrie Irving, to be traded away from Cleveland.

LeBron James, who signed a four-year, $154 million deal on Sunday night, has had "zero contact" with head coach Luke Walton, according to a report from Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports.

Although there were suggestions of installing a Browns-related image after James's move was announced, another team in town got a little salty about being overlooked. You've got LeBron here now.

A general view of a new LeBron James banner outside Quicken Loans Arena before a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks on October 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. "We're going to play so fast, he'll throw (James) touchdown passes and he'll be scoring all day". But the question is can he bring those championship rings to the Lakers like Magic and Kobe Bryant, both five-time National Basketball Association champions. After bolting from Cleveland in 2010, he returned in an emotional homecoming four years later, determined to make the Cavs champions. He worked with a superstar lineup that included Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.

The veteran enjoyed a resurgence with the New Orleans Pelicans last season and played some of his best basketball in years.

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