Shortly after the Lakers signed LeBron James to a four-year max contract, the Lake Show made a few head-scratching moves: re-signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for $12 million, and adding polarizing locker room presences Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, and JaVale McGee.
With LeBron James finally confirmed to join the Los Angeles Lakers, it would be easy to accuse him of having "gone Hollywood".
Los Angeles has reportedly been in discussions with the Spurs about trading for Kawhi Leonard, but San Antonio is thought by some to be uninterested in Ball, quite possibly because of the circus-like atmosphere his father creates with his brash commentary.
But more than perhaps any other working athlete in recent memory, James made that move years ago.
King James is set to dominate the West Coast after securing a four-year deal with the Lakers worth $154M. One is personal: Born and raised in Southern California, I came of age as a sports fan just as the Showtime Lakers came together to play the best and most entertaining basketball of the NBA's greatest decade.
James has agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $154 million to join the Lakers, who have not made the National Basketball Association playoffs for five straight years. As it stands, Lonzo Ball is arguably a more competent lead guard as he is bigger, a better defender (by far), a gifted passer and, while he is an inconsistent shooter, he normally draws more defensive pressure from distance than Rondo.
Embiid tweeted, "The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe's and Magic's team". "You know the Big Baller don't ever be on mute!" he proclaims, before promoting his JBL league kicking off later this month.
LeBron left to pursue new challenges both on and off the court. Some Clevelanders said they hoped it would remain as a tribute to James' years with the Cavs. He worked with a superstar lineup that included Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. He played in all 82 regular-season games and then somehow carried a team that underwent several transformations to a fourth straight conference title and match-up against the Warriors.
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