On the evening of July 1st, it finally happened. After all of the rumors, speculation, and reports, LeBron James signed a 4 year, $154M contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. It was something I was personally expecting to happen but, actually seeing it become a reality was still somewhat of a surprise.
As the news broke out, it was no surprise to see social media and the sports world as a whole, erupt into complete chaos. From what I’ve seen so far, the majority of Lakers fans seem absolutely thrilled but, there are actually a fair amount of people who aren’t too thrilled about LBJ being in the City of Angeles. This confused me. How on earth can a fan be upset that the best player in the world and arguably of all time joined their team? It didn’t add up to me. I need answers!
Luckily, I’m good friends with a die-hard L.A. fan. His name is Dylan Hall and I requested to get some of his opinions on having “The King” join his beloved Lakers. Here’s what he said:
First things first, how does it feel?
It might be a slight understatement to say it feels good. For real though I haven’t been this excited about the Lakers since they beat Boston in 2010 (NBA Finals).
What does this signing mean for the team, fans, and overall city of L.A.?
I think at this point it’s almost an expectation from Lakers fans. This is exactly what they’ve done their entire history, but after struggling as much as they have, this feels a little different. It means everything from a team standpoint. Magic delivered and they’re in a better position then they’ve been in for a long time.
There isn’t a lot, but, I’ve seen a surprising amount of Lakers fans not too thrilled with this signing. What would you say to these fans to sway their feelings toward picking up LeBron?
He’s the best player in the world. If that isn’t enough then you might not be a real Laker fan.
When did you realize there was a legitimate chance LBJ could end up in L.A.? How confident were you that it would actually happen?
After Game 1 of the Finals. I knew there was a chance he could leave Cleveland but, my strong opinion was that he would stay if he made the Finals. I think after the way they lost that Game 1 it became clear he was on his way out. Following that, the Lakers and 76ers became the only realistic options. I wasn’t too confident until the allegations with the 76ers GM happened. After that, it really seemed like there was no other option for LeBron that made sense.
What are your honest expectations for the first year?
I might just sound like an obnoxious Lakers fan but, I’m a lot more optimistic than most people. I think that this team is at least a 3 seed, 50 win team. I think that with Trevor Ariza leaving, L.A. is better than Houston and while they aren’t better than the Warriors, when you have Lebron James you’re going to be a legitimate contender to beat them.
Now that LBJ is in L.A. and Paul George is staying in OKC, do the Lakers snag Kawhi Leonard or stick with LeBron?
It seems unlikely that they get Kawhi. Their other free agent acquisitions have eaten up their cap space and they don’t seem to want to trade the three 1st round picks it would need to trade Deng. The nice thing is that the other signings they made similar to last year, were all one-year deals. At this point, I think they stay put and bring back Julius Randle with the ability to easily free up enough space to go after Kawhi or someone else next offseason.
There you have it, folks. It’s a rather simple concept. When the best player in the world joins your team, it is, in fact, a good thing. Shocking isn’t it?
– Collin Borron
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