How Magic Johnson convinced Lebron James to join the Lakers
Magic Johnson is feeling pretty magical after he crowned LeBron James the new King of the Los Angeles Lakers.
King James is set to dominate the West Coast after securing a four-year deal with the Lakers worth $154M. As of late, James hadn’t had much luck with the Cleveland Cavaliers and after multiple defeats by the Golden State Warriors, James knew it was time to take his talents elsewhere.
Enter Magic Johnson.
The Lakers franchise was lagging too and Johnson knew if he could convince James, who has recently become a free agent, to join the Lakers franchise, then it would be a match made in heaven on the Lakers home court.
So, Magic, the President of the Lakers met up late Saturday night, at the home of the superstar athlete and hunkered down and discussed the common ground the two powerful men shared.
He said he just needed to look James in the eye. And he knew if he could do that, he could make a deeper connection.
It was a done deal. Magic truly made magic happened when he convinced James to sign on as a Lakers, therefore tipping the balance of power and steadying the team that has suffered for the last five years with infighting, bad contracts and missing the playoffs, reports the LATimes.
On Sunday, James’ agency Klutch Sports Group announced the deal.
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. He is not eligible for a no trade clause.
Now James has his work cut out for him. But the question is can he bring those championship rings to the Lakers like Magic and Kobe Bryant, both five-time NBA champions.
“Y’all really thought he was gonna pass up the greatest city in the world… #TheKingIsHere,” Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball wrote on Twitter.
“The SHOW is back,” teammate Josh Hart tweeted.
“Welcome to the family,” Bryant tweeted, and offered congratulations to Johnson, general managerRob Pelinka and Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss.