23:33, July 01 32 0 usmagazine.com

2018-07-01 23:33:08

 

LeBron James Joining the Lakers: Kobe Bryant, Chrissy Teigen, More React

The basketball world was shaken on Sunday, July 1, with the news that LeBron James had agreed to a four-year, $153.3 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Cavaliers forward declined to exercise his $35.6 million 2018-2019 player option and became an unrestricted free agent on Friday, June 29, and reportedly fielded offers from the Cavaliers, Rockets and 76ers before going with the Lakers.

To say Twitter had some feelings about this would be an understatement.

Meanwhile, veteran Charles Barkley called into NBA TV and said James’ move was “not a shock at all.” “I was hoping he stayed in Cleveland but I don’t think it was a shock, we’ve been talking about it for six months, but man, they got a long way to go.”

Former Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tweeted, “I am sure the Lakernation is rejoicing The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders. Congrats to @MagicJohnson & @LALakersLive et al. Cross your fingers for news from San Antonio.”

King James’ new teammate Kobe Bryant tweeted, “Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness” and tagged Lakers president Jeanie Buss and the team’s president of basketball operations Magic Johnson.