The Los Angeles Lakers have finally made a huge splash in free agency with the agreed upon four-year, $154 million deal with All-Star LeBron James.
It hasn’t taken long for longtime Lakers great and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant to take to social media to extend a welcoming hand to the 33-year-old joining the franchise.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 2, 2018
Bryant and James have long have had a strong mutual respect for each other on the court as the two are widely viewed as being among the best players in league history. The former had spent his entire 20-year NBA career with the Lakers where he helped lead them to five NBA titles in seven NBA Finals appearances where he has ingrained himself among the lore as one of the greatest players in franchise history.
Although he has been out of the league for the last two years, his presence over the franchise is still quite notable and his welcoming of James is one of many that have voiced their excitement about this major move. It now brings aboard the game’s best player, who is still playing some of the best basketball of his career.
The 33-year-old is coming off a highly productive 15th campaign where he earned much consideration for the NBA MVP award that saw him finish averaging 27.5 points on 54.2 percent shooting from the field along with a career-best 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per contest. This should quickly become a franchise-changing move for the Lakers that will be back in the mix competing for an NBA title over the next several seasons.
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