It’s taken a while, but LeBron James has finally explained why he decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.
On his online show, Uninterrupted, James said being a Laker was simply one of his childhood dreams.
“Growing up I was a Cowboys fan, a Bulls fan, a Yankees fan and I always felt the [the Lakers] was one of the historic franchises,” James said. “This kind of like a dream come true for me. being able to play for an historic franchise with so much history and being able to partner with Magic Johnson, someone I looked up to when I was younger. I wanted to make no-look passes like Magic, wanted get on the break and be Showtime like Magic. And for it all to come to fruition at this point, I think timing is everything.”
James called the decision to leave his hometown for L.A. bittersweet because he recently opened up a school in Cleveland. But he says he’s excited to start writing the next chapter of his life as a Laker.
“For me to be in this position now, my excitement to be a Laker, I’m happy to be a part of it because I believe the Lakers is a historical franchise, we all know that, but it’s a championship franchise and that’s what we’re trying to get back to,” James continued. “And I’m happy to be part of the culture and be a part of us getting back to that point.”