Celebrities welcome LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers

Celebrities welcome LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers”

Over the years, Stephenson also got under James's skin by getting in his face during playoff games, in addition to flopping and, on at least one occasion, making the "choke" sign.

They missed out on signing George in free agency, who opted to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Cavaliers had hoped to re-sign James, who has appeared in eight consecutive National Basketball Association finals.

Clearly there is no rush for him to take the Lakers, one of the NBA's most storied franchises, from a low ebb to a title.

James, a two-time Olympic champion, left Cleveland before in 2010 for the Miami Heat, where he reached the NBA Finals 4 times, going 2-2, before departing for the Cavaliers, vowing to bring a title to Cleveland, his home region having grown up in nearby Akron.

As far as the answer to the latter question goes, the situation is slightly more complicated.

For now, though, Lakers fans deserve to enjoy this moment as they bask in the realisation that they'll be watching the league's best player showcase his talents at Staples Center every night.

The hometown hero began his career with the Cavaliers, signing for the side fresh from high school as the number one pick in the 2003 draft.

That would be a hefty price to pay, particularly as the Lakers would have to try and fill out their rosters around LeBron and Leonard.

A repeat of Paul George's scenario?

"They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this, four years ago".

However, Heisler reports the Lakers are content in waiting for the 2019 free agency market where both Leonard and Durant could potentially be available.

Last year, the California native had told the Indiana Pacers it meant to sign for the Lakers this summer before being traded to Oklahoma.

"To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember", James said after the Cavs' last loss of the finals.

One of the first Lakers to talk to James following the announcement was none other than legend Kobe Bryant, who told CBS2's Jim Hill his relationship to James is more like an older brother rather than a rival.

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