Preorders for new Lakers LeBron James jerseys were robust enough on Sunday night to give retailer Fanatics one of its top 10 sales days in terms of National Basketball Association gear sold, a spokesman for the company told ESPN. On social media, James, the Akron native, bid farewell to his hometown Cavaliers - the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2003. Ball said. "You don't give my son the best player in the game and don't think he gonna win no championships!" He outdid himself by a wide margin: sales last night were 600 percent higher than the purchases made when James went back to the Cavaliers four years ago.
The Lakers finished last season with a 35-47 record.
James, 33, will not be the only veteran on the young team next season, however. It is especially concerning that the Lakers couldn't convince Paul George to meet with them before deciding to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. As it stands, Lonzo Ball is arguably a more competent lead guard as he is bigger, a better defender (by far), a gifted passer and, while he is an inconsistent shooter, he normally draws more defensive pressure from distance than Rondo.
James' decision to move west to the Los Angeles Lakers already looks to have a flurry of affects across the league, whether directly involved with the Lakers or Cavs, or indirectly as a chain-reaction.
Dramatic footage released of emaciated Thai boys in cave
After more than a week of around-the-clock searching, rescuers have found the missing 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach. That could take as long as months, however, given that Thailand's rainy season typically lasts through October.
Upcoming projects include an HBO documentary about boxer Muhammad Ali and feature film "House Party".
Ticket seller StubHub on Tuesday said visits to the Lakers ticket page were up 7,398 percent over the same date a year ago even though next season's schedule has yet to be announced.
While the pain of not having James anymore will be unavoidable in the coming seasons, considering the reactions to his departure throughout Cleveland, it seems many agree that it was all worth it.