LeBron: ‘Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons’

LeBron: ‘Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons’

LeBron: ‘Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons’

Because it is Los Angeles, several celebrities weighed in on James' decision to join the Lakers.

This also means that, for the first time in his career, LeBron will be playing in the NBA's Western Conference, eliminating the chance of next year's NBA Finals being a fifth-consecutive showdown between the Golden State Warriors and whatever side LeBron is on. Needless to say the announcement set off plenty of action from the current crop of young Lakers talent on Twitter.

James, born in Akron and drafted No. 1 by the Cavs in 2003, is leaving the Cavs for the second time in eight seasons.

The Lakers had a large amount of cap space to work with.

This move would likely still leave the Lakers with cap space even with the addition of James.

Though the length of the deal has raised the eyebrows of fans and media members alike, that James signed a deal longer than any deal he signed after returning to the Cavs in 2014 should have been expected. The deal is worth $154 million over four years. Los Angeles might not look like a title contender now, especially in a world where the Golden State Warriors exist, but - in James' estimation, presumably - it will.

Cleveland's roster was exposed during this year's finals, and James may not have seen a way for it to improve enough to win a fourth title.

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Durant, George and Paul were way faster than that.

Of course, Eastern Conference teams won't have much reason to vote for such a proposal.

Within minutes of James' decision, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said on "SportsCenter" that one team executive already texted him about playoff reform.

The chance to play for one of America's most storied franchises is a new challenge for James, who prides himself on knowing the game's history.

The Lakers can offer top money plus talent and draft picks in order to surround James with competitive players enough to challenge the Warriors, who suddenly must contend with James as a Pacific division rival rather than a foe to be faced only twice a season and for the National Basketball Association title.

But here's to hoping the Sixers somehow meet the Lakers in the Finals for the movie's sequel "Process That". He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home.

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