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LeBron James signing a 'historic moment' for Lakers

10 July, 2018, 15:30 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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"Today is a great day for the Lakers organization and Lakers fans all over the world to welcome LeBron James, a three-time NBA Champion and four-time NBA MVP", Johnson said.

We've known this since LeBron James let it be known he was going to the Lakers back on July 1, rocking the National Basketball Association world. "LeBron is special. He is the best player in the world".

"He competes and is an incredible leader who only seeks to win and make sure that his team-mates are successful".

He was the ultimate prize this offseason as a three-time champion, four-time league MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP, 14-time All-NBA member and 14-time All-Star, and he will now be tasked with leading the Lakers to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. "It's a huge step closer to returning the Lakers to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals". He then carried Cleveland to its fourth consecutive NBA Finals, where the Cavs were swept by Golden State.

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"This is a historic moment for the Lakers and we could not feel more grateful and honored", Pelinka said.

"We all know that the work is not yet done". Last season was his first in which he played in all 82 regular-season games, and the eighth in a row in which his team advanced to the Eastern Conference finals (four in Miami before each of the last four seasons in Cleveland). The 2003-04 Rookie of the Year is a five-time First Team All-Defensive Team member, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for Team USA (2008, '12) and the 2016-17 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award victor. For example, perhaps no coach had a worse summer than Tyronn Lue, who was "shocked and hurt" when LeBron James left the Cavaliers in free agency. To that, Magic and GM Rob Pelinka have added Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and JaVale McGee.

The Lakers have a solid young core led by Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Kuzma.

Los Angeles can collectively exhale. Participating Blaze Pizza locations are celebrating James' L.A. arrival with a promotion called the "LABron Free Pizza Party", offering free pizza between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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