The news that every has known for almost a week has become official: LeBron James is a Los Angeles Laker.
Lebron put pen to paper Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, singing a four-year, $154 million dollar deal to play in Staples Center at least until 2021 when another player option arises.
After another tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ohio’s proclaimed son, James, will depart Cleveland after four years. Four years which included four eastern conference titles, Cleveland’s first professional championship in 52 years, and a lot of sweat.
In his past four years with Cleveland LeBron has played 36.6 minutes per game, all while scoring 26.1 points, assisting on average 8 times a game, and having an average rate of 7.7 rebounds. Last season, LeBron appeared in all 82 games for the Cavaliers (regular season); something he has never done in all of his 15 NBA seasons. While doing this playing 36.9 minutes per game and averaging almost a triple double in 27.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, and 9.1 APG. One of the most dominant stat-lines in NBA History without winning the MVP.
LeBron departs Cleveland for a more lively scene in Los Angeles, where he will have the chance to play where legends have stepped. The ones such as Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and many others.
One of those greats, Magic Johnson, who now serves as president of basketball operations for the Lakers, released a statement today weighing in on LeBron’s signing:
“Today is a great day for the Lakers organization and Lakers fans all over the world to welcome LeBron James, a three-time NBA Champion and four-time NBA MVP. LeBron is special. He is the best player in the world. He loves to compete and is an awesome leader who is about winning and making sure that his teammates are successful. The Lakers players are excited to have a teammate who has been to nine NBA Finals. It’s a huge step closer to returning the Lakers to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals.”
LeBron will be entering his 16th NBA season at age 33, but still remains the most well rounded and dominant players anybody has ever seen. This marks a new era in Los Angeles, who hasn’t had this much buzz around the organization since Kobe Bryant’s last season. Expect to see celebrities and Jack Nicholson back at all Lakers games very soon and for Los Angeles to become a very popular name once the season beings.