Rich Paul: 2018 was about doing what LeBron wants to do

Rich Paul, the agent of LeBron James, says it’s difficult to pinpoint the primary motive for why James decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.

James signed a four-year, $153.3 million free agent deal with the Lakers. The four-time MVP was reportedly leaning toward L.A. for days, and according to those outside his direct orbit, for months — per Sports Illustrated.

“In 2010, when he went to Miami, it was about championships,” Paul told Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. “In 2014, when he went back to Cleveland, it was about delivering on a promise. In 2018, it was just about doing what he wants to do.”

James delivered on his promise to Cleveland by bringing a championship in 2016. The Cavs became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals to win the title.

Paul says the meeting between James and Magic Johnson wasn’t really a pitch by Johnson, but just a conversation between two great basketball minds.

“Magic was Magic, but he was also Earvin,” Paul said. “It wasn’t a pitch. It was just a conversation: ‘Here’s who I am. Here’s what we do. Here’s the culture we stand for. Here’s what we’re trying to accomplish. Here’s how we look at you. Here’s how we value you.’ It was like watching two fish in a fish tank that speak a language the rest of the world can’t understand. Magic understands what it’s like to be LeBron. He was a 6-9 point guard. He was an MVP.”

5 Comments on "Rich Paul: 2018 was about doing what LeBron wants to do"

  1. “Difficult to pinpoint” would be a mild way of putting it.

    1) Does LeBron have a chance at a title in LA? Nope. Probably a much better shot at missing the playoffs altogether.
    2) Can LeBron make more money in LA? Nope. In fact, he turned down the 5-year super max from the Cavs that he has been pushing for the last couple years as VP of the Players’ Association.
    3) Is Los Angeles where LeBron wants to live and make an impact in the community? Not according to his “sincere” I’m Coming Home letter in 2014.

    In 2010, Cleveland hated LeBron. In 2014, they loved him. But now, it’s the worst of all. We just don’t care about him anymore. He’s the best basketball player the world has ever seen, but we won’t make the mistake of thinking he is a good leader (or even a good person) again.

    • I think you make a lot of valid points, Chris. You are speaking for many of the Cavs fans whom I’ve encountered. Thank you for sharing. – Sam

  2. when has LeBron ever done what he doesn’t want to do.

  3. happy wife happy life

    • happy wife happy life–(just MOSTLY true)
      Wonder how “HAPPY” will be when He gets BUMPED from the playoffs in FIRST round ?
      (IF HE MAKES PLAYOFFS.) EVEN A SECOND ROUND BUMP WILL QUITE REDUCE THE POTENTIAL PLAYOFF STATS HE’S BEEN ACCUMULATING IN A GREAT WAY. HE COULD HAVE DONE THAT MUCH BETTER IN CLEVELAND. Will that really be a “happy california time” ? ? ? Don’t really think so,,, BUT this time next year WE WILL KNOW. COULD BE HE HURTS HIS HAND –AGAIN ! Stevenson=JR

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*