The 14-time all-star and four-time MVP leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers after bringing them their first championship in 52 years.
$153.3 million later and LeBron James has officially joined the Los Angeles Lakers. "King James" departed the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years and a long-awaited NBA Title to head West, where Hollywood was waiting with open arms.
James has locked into a four-year deal with the West Coast team, the same length as his latest stint with the Cavaliers, which saw him win a championship within his first two years there.
News of the hefty deal broke Sunday evening, and social media exploded immediately with praise and some condemnation (mostly from Cavs fans) coming from across the nation. But for all of those bitter that he's leaving his hometown team, there are a dozen more excited and happy for him as he takes this next stop in his all-star career.
Certainly, most of the celebrities who call Los Angeles home were more than excited to welcome the 14-time all-star and four-time MVP to the home team. For many, it reminds them of the Magic Johnson/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar years through the 1980s. It's even more kismet that it was Jonson, now the team's president, who secured the deal.
Can LeBron reclaim the magic of a bygone era? These celebrities are certainly hopeful:
WOWZERS!! Just left a VICTORIOUS game for my @la_sparks and just found out @magicjohnson got us da KING @kingjames to sign to @lakers WHAT?? Getting my season seats NOW!! #LifeIsGood… https://t.co/EpEpDItxGX— Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox) July 2, 2018
I am sure the Lakernation is rejoicing The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders. Congrats to @MagicJohnson & @LALakersLive et al. Cross your fingers for news from San Antonio.— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) July 2, 2018
Honestly, this LeBron news is the best birthday present my husband could have possibly gotten.— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) July 2, 2018
Lakers got LeBron, congratulations LA & Congratulations Magic Johnson remember when Dick Stain Dan LeBaTard questioned if Magic was “qualified” for the job?The DickStainDan who’s Father is on TV daily? Fire Yourself & Fire Poppy NOW. You know Jack Shit @LeBatardShow @Stugotz790— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) July 2, 2018
Congratulations to the Boston Celtics next years eastern conference champions.— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) July 2, 2018
BREAKING NOW!!!!!!!!LEBRON TO THE LAKERS 4 YEAR CONTRACT.— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) July 2, 2018