LeBron James Details His Experience Dealing With California Wildfires

Lakers star LeBron James had to evacuate his home due to the California wildfires. It was a long night for the king of basketball, but they are safe now.

LeBron lives in the Brentwood neighborhood. A fire broke on Monday morning, affecting the west side of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles.

“We finally got out of the house after 2 o’clock and finally got somewhere to safety around 4 a.m. in the morning,” LeBron said after the Lakers’ shootaround Tuesday morning. “Didn’t get to sleep. We finally really got to sleep around like 6 a.m., 6:15. It just … it was crazy. It was crazy, to say the least. Three hotels were sold out and then the fourth one was able to get us in.”

The only thing he could think of was taking his credit card and passport.

“I was talking to my wife about it a little bit and I said I hadn’t been in a fire drill since like the seventh grade,” he said. “It’s just challenging at that hour, getting my family, getting my kids, getting everybody and having to evacuate at such a rapid rate. You don’t really have much time to think about what you can get or what you can do.”

LeBron said “thank you” to everyone involved in the process.

“First of all, more than anything, my appreciation and loyalty to the first responders, those guys, men and women, are unbelievable in what they’re doing, in their bravery throughout this time,” James said. “They’re the reason things can be a lot less worse than they possibly could be. So, it’s an amazing job what they do.”

Believe it or not, LeBron got to work that day despite the fact that he had spent the night looking for a safe spot for the family.

“I offered (James) to be able to miss the day and go home and be with his family and whatever, and he just (said) ‘No, I’m good to go, to be here at work,'” head coach Frank Vogel said. “So it was really more tied to a great experience, a team-building experience. And once it was over, it just felt like the right thing.”

Wildfires are no joke, and that’s what LeBron pointed out in his tweet. His family is safe now, and LeBron can focus on his games.

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