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LeBron James made his first public comments Sunday about joining the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most storied franchises in the NBA.
On his Uninterrupted platform, James talked about how excited he is for this next chapter in his basketball career and mentioned he’s ready to bring the Lakers franchise back to prominence.
“You look at the Lakers,” James said. “Being able to play for a historic franchise with so much history, and now being able to partner with Magic Johnson, someone I kinda like looked up to when I was younger and 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.
“For me to be in this position now, the excitement that I have to be a Laker, I’m happy to be apart of it because I believe the Lakers is a historical franchise, we all know that, but it’s a championship franchise and that’s what we’re trying to get back to. I’m happy to be a part of the culture and be a part of us getting back to that point.”
James signed a four-year, $153.5 million max contract with the Lakers. The four-time MVP led the Cavs to four straight Finals appearances in his second stint with Cleveland. The Cavs won it all in 2016 over the Warriors, becoming the first team in NBA history to erase a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals.
LeBron finishes his Cavs’ career with averages of 27.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists.
James also talked about the “I Promise” school he’s opening in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
“It’s kinda crazy right now because I’ve been sitting and thinking over the past couple of weeks and months on what it means to open up a school and how excited I am about this possibility for me to be able to be in my hometown and be able to open up at school and to know who’s going to benefit from it,” James said. “I know these kids basically more than they know themselves. I’ve walked the same streets, I’ve rode the same bikes. I went through the same emotions, the good, the bad, The adversity, everything that these kids are going through. The drugs, the violence, the guns, everything that they’re going through as kids, I know. And for me to be in a position where I have the resources, I have the finance, I have the people, I have the structure and I have the city around me, why not.
“On one hand, I got my school, which I’m blown away by. And then I have my next chapter of my personal life, being a part of the Lakers organization and continuing to do what I love to do, and that’s to play the game of basketball, so, there it is.”