James' management company Klutch Sports Group later confirmed the move. "The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders", Lakers icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar added.
Six-time National Basketball Association champion Jordan defined an era with the Chicago Bulls, but glory in LA - and a title with a third different team - could well give James an edge.
The relationship between Johnson and James as the team goes forward, and how their respective legacies stack up, will be an interesting subplot to James' time with the Lakers.
The explosion of Lakers ticket interest should come as no surprise to anyone who followed James' two stints in Cleveland. He averaged 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game for IN last season, his first campaign without missing a game.
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While his first letter from 2010 was written in comic sans - and one that James himself said was racial - Gilbert's second attempt was much more professional and gracious.
While the Bulls are in the middle of a rebuild, Love would be a great piece to center the rebuild around.
Sam Amick reported this past weekend that Howard was interested in joining either the Warriors, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Washington Wizards, and wherever team LeBron James would ultimately end up. The Lakers face the challenge of beating the reigning champions, the Golden State Warriors.
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Following the much changed sides from both England and Belgium , fans were quick to make links of the two teams wanting to lose. Topping Group "G" means playing whoever will have finished second in Group H earlier on Thursday - Colombia , Senegal or Japan .
A shocking one-year deal for DeMarcus Cousins fits that bill and makes the Warriors even stronger - Steve Kerr can now call upon five All-Stars in his starting lineup.
James, 33, will not be the only veteran on the young team next season, however.
The 32-year-old Howard, who still has to finalize his buyout with the Brooklyn Nets, infamously played for the Lakers during the 2012-13 season and served as the poster child for their underachieving, dysfunctional team that year.
If anyone can do it, it's LeBron.
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Oklahoma City was unable to live up to the hype that surrounded them and was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. It is unlikely that the Cavaliers would've traded Kyrie Irving with James and George together on the Cleveland roster.