What Lebron Signing to the Lakers Means
Writer: Jameson White
As most already know, on July 1st, Lebron James signed a 4-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers for over $150 million. The move sent shockwaves throughout the NBA, although the signing was almost expected. James realized that there was no longer a championship window with the Cavaliers. After trading the second-best player on the roster, Kyrie Irving, last offseason, there was a major drop off between the best player and the rest of the team. To go along with this, J.R. Smith’s blundered play in the last minute of game 1 of the NBA Finals also had to have driven James out of Cleveland. He delivered on his promise to deliver a championship to his home-city, so now it was time for the NBA legend to move onto to a bigger city and bigger market.
In Los Angeles, Lebron has a multitude of legends to look up to and follow in the footsteps of. In addition to James’ signing, the Lakers soon after brought in free-agents Javale McGee and Lance Stephenson. These players, along with young talents such as Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart gives Lebron a good supporting cast. However, the situation has a feel to it that Lebron is waiting on another star. It remains to be seen who that star will be, as Paul George re-signed with Oklahoma City and the Kawhi Leonard saga is constantly being drawn out. One thing is for certain though; ring chasers from across the league will be intrigued to head west and play for the historic Los Angeles Lakers franchise, led by the greatest player in the world, Lebron James.
Lebron’s signing instantaneously shifts the balance of the league almost completely to the West. Boston is now the clear-cut favorite in the East, and it will be interesting to see how things unravel in the Western Conference playoffs with Los Angeles, Golden State, and Houston duking it out before they even get to the NBA Finals. Along with the shifting of power, the NBA also will gain one of the most well-known athletes on Earth being placed into the second largest market in the United States. Lebron and the Lakers look to be a match made in heaven, as Los Angeles is one of the few cities in America that is fit for a King.