Watch: LeBron James Opens Up, Expresses Excitement Over ‘Dream Come True’
It appears that LeBron James was the one the Los Angeles Lakers waited to help them end the years-long drought in free agency. And when they landed their hands on the game’s best player, the Lakers made sure they have him for at least the next four years.
While James’ contract does include an opt-out clause after the third year, his agreeing to sign a contract that’s more than the ‘1+1′ was good enough for the Lakers.
Unlike previous years, James’ free-agency decision was announced in muted fashion.
His Klutch Sports agency sent out a press release, and the 14-time All-Star has managed to ‘stay low-key’ since July 1. However, he made some exceptions, attending a Lakers’ Summer League game in Las Vegas, as well as grassroots youth basketball games.
On Sunday, James broke his silence about signing with the Lakers. He also spoke about his foundation opening a public school in Akron, Ohio, which James will be on hand for.
“It’s kind of like a dream come true for me. Growing up, I was a cowboys fans, I was a Bulls fan, I was a Yankees fan. I’ve always felt like that was one of the historic franchises. And you look at the Lakers, being able to play for a historic franchise with so much history, and now being able to partner with Magic Johnson, someone I kind of looked up to when I was younger. Wanted to make no-look passes like Magic, wanted to get on the break and be ‘Showtime’ like Magic. For it to all come to fruition at this point, I think timing is everything. For me to be in this position now, the excitement that I have to be a Laker, I’m happy to be a part of it because the Lakers are a historical franchise, we all know that. But it’s a championship franchise, and that’s what we’re trying to get back to. I’m happy to be a part of the culture and be a part of us getting back to that point.”
Hopefully, James’ statement will put an end to the rumors that he signed with the Lakers primarily to play in Los Angeles. Also, he is using his platform to maximize his ability to give back to his community, and that’s something to admire.