LeBron James is already the biggest star of his generation, and he followed a familiar path to Los Angeles' bright lights when he made a decision to sign with the Lakers as a free agent. In this picture, Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers shakes hands with James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 14, 2017.
James has studied the careers of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, realizing that both players moved from the wing to the post as they aged. The Lakers will build around James, and they'll continue to attempt to land Kawhi Leonard or another superstar to team up with him over the next year.
"You don't give my son the best player in the game and don't think he gonna win no championships!"
In his second stint with the organization, James helped lift the franchise to great heights with four straight NBA Finals appearances along with winning the first NBA title in franchise history. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP wants out of San Antonio and last week some even suggested the Lakers might put together a trade to get Leonard to convince LeBron to sign.
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Ball acknowledged that there would be occasions when James initiated the Lakers' offense, at which point "he's going to throw the long pass and Lonzo will shoot the 3-pointer - very easy".
When Jeanie Buss took over control of the Lakers three years ago, she first sought Magic Johnson's advice on an ad hoc basis, but then eventually hired him as president of basketball operations.
"These guys get to go to one of these fantasy camps", Wahlberg said, presumably meaning a camp where characters learn basketball from James, not get tips on their fantasy sports team. "He's just got that special gift", Ball said. "Anybody would enjoy playing with my boy, it's always been like that", he added.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that LeBron told the Lakers "he likes Lonzo's game and his excited to play with him". Now, they are as short as 3/1 in places to end the Golden State dynasty, with a best price of 9/2 available.Contrast that with the Cavaliers, a team that has gone from a 25/1 shot at the end of June to a staggering 500/1 best price.