February 18, 2019

LA fans, businesses prepare for impact of new Lakers star LeBron James

02 July 2018, 11:02 | Anna Jefferson

LeBron chooses the Lakers - Newswatch

LeBron deal done a long time ago, says Bogut

The top markets for sales of LeBron's Lakers jersey were Los Angeles, New York, Oakland/San Francisco and Cleveland.

While his wife and children were out of town for an AAU tournament, James was at his OH mansion pondering his next career move and how to top the champion Golden State Warriors, Jenkins writes. Los Angeles is where LeBron likes to live; he has two homes there.

Then, there was the Lakers' stunning move in the middle of the 1996 Summer Olympics when they swiped free agent center Shaquille O'Neal from the Orlando Magic.

Others believe LeBron feels he has the best chance to win more National Basketball Association titles with the Lakers, an organization that historically has proven their commitment to winning by making mega-moves.

James led the Cavaliers to a NBA Championship in 2016, when they upset the Warriors and shocked the world after being down 3-1 in the best of seven series.

James spent four season in Cleveland after winning two National Basketball Association championships with the Miami Heat. If you think the Lakers are likely to acquire another star or two and they were listed at 10- or 12-to-1, that's a lot more value.

Sunday afternoon the NBA's most coveted free agent reached a four-year, $153.3 million agreement with the Lakers.

LeBron James is to join the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year deal worth $154m (£116m), his camp has announced.

James will make $25.65 million next season.

The moves made by other teams simply shape the competition the Jazz will have as they try to build a championship contender.

According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Lakers have agreed one-year deals with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee. The study found that James' impact raised business within a one-mile radius of the arena (both in Cleveland and Miami) by 13 percent, and raised employment by a staggering 23.5 percent. He scored 1.2 points per possession in transition for the Cavaliers last season and will nearly certainly bolster a Los Angeles squad that ranked below average (22nd) in transition efficiency in 2017-18. He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home.

There's nothing worse than a bandwagon fan, and like Carr, I've been a Lakers fan since I could walk as an infant, and with LeBron now joining the team, there will be plenty of new Lakers fans strutting their colors.

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