LeBron James is already the biggest star of his generation, and he followed a familiar path to Los Angeles' bright lights when he made a decision to sign with the Lakers as a free agent.
Los Angeles has reportedly been in discussions with the Spurs about trading for Kawhi Leonard, but San Antonio is thought by some to be uninterested in Ball, quite possibly because of the circus-like atmosphere his father creates with his brash commentary. The Lakers also agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is a quality player that can contribute on both ends of the court. During the past NBA Playoffs, James surpassed center Kareem Abdul Jabbar's record as most postseason field goals. Many NBA fans might remember the iconic highlight of Stephenson blowing into James' ear during the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals.
"Are we invisible?" Jose Ramirez, the Indians' third baseman, asked NBC Sports, which dared suggest the same thing about the Browns, a team that is loaded with young talent but has won only four games in the last three seasons. "Lonzo's gonna orchestrate it, and (LeBron's) gonna be fine with that as long as it results in winning".
Ball told TMZ Sports he is not anxious about defending champions the Golden State Warriors getting even stronger with the addition of free agent center DeMarcus Cousins. "You know the Big Baller don't ever be on mute!" he proclaims, before promoting his JBL league kicking off later this month.
According to Bobby Marks of ESPN, the breakdown for James' contract amounts for the next four years to: $35.65M, $37.43M, $39.21M and $41M.
From George Mikan to Kobe Bryant, superstars have been the Lakers' lifeblood for decades. The contrast to when LeBron and Dwyane Wade worked in tandem to convince Chris Bosh and Ray Allen to join them in Miami, or to when LeBron lured Kevin Love from Minnesota to Cleveland, is striking.
The veteran enjoyed a resurgence with the New Orleans Pelicans last season and played some of his best basketball in years.