Lebron Officially Signs To Lakers, Magic Johnson – He’s The Best Player In The World!
LeBron James officially signed his four-year $150 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. The Akron, OH native competed in all 82 games last season, boasting his accolades to at least 30,000 career points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists – renaming him the first NBA player to ever do so. The basketball star also holds the honors for four NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, three All-Star Game MVP awards, an NBA scoring title, and is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader. Although James’ work ethic and resume speak for itself, it comes as no surprise he also brings an edge to the Lakers franchise.
Head of Basketball Operations, Earvin “Magic” Johnson says,
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.
When Johnson accepted his new title as Head of Basketball Operations (February 2017) and Rob Pelinka hopped on board as the General Manager (March 2017), they both had a vision of what the Lakers brand will be for years to come. Johnson had a goal of signing at least two free agent players within the first few years of his new title,
We understand we have two summers to add to what we’re building here. I told you before this is not going to get turned around overnight. We’re building something. We want sustainability.
Former Lakers player, Kobe Bryant, reacted to the news the news and spoke about the type of advantage the Lakers have,
He’ll come to work, he’ll work hard every single day. I’m really excited for our young players, because they get a chance to watch him work up close, and so, I think that speeds up their learning curve. Because it’s one thing to be told this is what you need to do, it’s another to see a guy actually do it. Now you can follow that lead. I think it’s just important for ‘Bron to be himself and continue to do what he’s been doing.
Last season, the Lakers had a nine-win improvement from their regular season. They achieved this by bringing younger players such as, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart. The “young core” is projected to have an instant impact as rookies and also provides the team with an advantage for years to come.
Before signing with the Lakers, James previously played for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2003–2010; 2014–2018) and Miami Heat (2010–2014). He will also be sporting the #23 on his new purple and gold jersey.