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LeBron James, widely considered to have carried the Cleveland Cavaliers through the playoffs, has signed a four-year, $154-million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, and everyone’s reaction seems to be “Yeah, we get it.”
Maybe because of moments like this:
JR Smith taking the ball back out instead of going for the win in game one has come to represent the whole series in people’s minds. It might be a bit unfair to the Cavs, after all, you don’t get all the way to the NBA finals because of one player, even if that player is as talented as James, but it’s still fair to say that LeBron shouldered an enormous amount of the burden.
“The load that I have to carry offensively, it’s been what the season has asked for,” he said in a post-finals interview, available on NBA.com
JR: Man, why you leavin?— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) July 2, 2018
“Yo Lebron why you got purple on your jersey” pic.twitter.com/L9ZPMdcmP9— ⁶🦉 (@nicgarza09) July 2, 2018
“And now the strenf of the Cavs will be stripped eweh” pic.twitter.com/tVxYMil671— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) June 9, 2018
LeBron fans leaving the Cavaliers fan base: pic.twitter.com/POl0JNNaQ8— LABronBetter™ (@LBJ23_Fan) July 2, 2018
New Lakers GM LeBron James reviewing the Lakers current roster. pic.twitter.com/GCKGDrGirF— Christopher Long (@the_real_clong) July 2, 2018
When Lebron walks in the Lakers locker room and sees Isaiah Thomas pic.twitter.com/Zn9siaWnEu— Lip Gallagher (@tonestradamus) July 2, 2018
Beyonce, Lebron James is moving into the neighborhood. It’s your time. pic.twitter.com/86VJmRcAQT— Jason Bolaños (@JBinAV) July 2, 2018
Even Cavs fans seem to understand the move. For the most part they seemed grateful to James for leading the team to their 2016 Championship win.
Thank you LeBron. You will forever have given the city the happiest moment we’ll ever feel as Cleveland sports fans.— Scott Effross (@ScottEffross) July 2, 2018
But forreal tho pic.twitter.com/MvVkS8Pgs2— Michael McCoppin (@MMcCoppin) July 2, 2018
Although at least one fan had to remind James that when he came back to Cleveland he said: “I’m not going anywhere ever again.”
Remember that Friday night Bron had after he returned in 2014?— Russell Williams (@Cavs247dotcom) July 2, 2018
"That man is LeBron James and on Friday, 30,000+ Cleveland fans welcomed him back home and James proposed by saying “I’m not going anywhere ever again.”
Thanks for that PR move, @KingJames.
One can hardly blame James for making the move, though. Playing for the Lakers does give him a better shot at winning another NBA title, and the $154 million dollars probably doesn’t hurt either. Although it’s possible, as one fan suggested, that he just wants easier access to In-N-Out Burger.
“LeBron, why did you leave Cleveland?” pic.twitter.com/0M2DPdkndS— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) July 2, 2018
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.