NBA Twitter Reacts to LeBron James Joining the Los Angeles Lakers
The NBA reacts to LeBron heading out West
The biggest NBA free agency story of the 2018 season got settled in one day. On July 1st, the first day of free agency, LeBron James announced that he was signing a four year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The announcement was made by Klutch Sports Group, the group that manages LeBron James.
— Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) July 2, 2018
What’s amazing about this announcement is that it came on Twitter. In comparison, the last time LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers, back in 2010 when he joined the Miami Heat, he had a whole show dedicated towards his announcement called The Decision. When he left Miami to join the Cavs in 2014, it was an exclusive Sports Illustrated story.
This time it was just a sentence.
After the announcement was made, LeBron had one final goodbye to the city of Cleveland. He put it on his Instagram stories:
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wrote a classy letter dedicated towards LeBron. It was a much different response than his scathing (slightly racist) 2010 letter when Bron left the first time around.
A very different statement from Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. pic.twitter.com/wC3LxU0M0g
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) July 2, 2018
Here is how NBA Twitter responded to LeBron James’ announcement that he would be joining the Lakers:
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 2, 2018
LAKESHOWWWW. @KingJames let’s go my brotha💪🏽 let’s rock
— kuz (@kylekuzma) July 2, 2018
LeBron heads to L.A and takes it out on J.r Smith 😂 pic.twitter.com/36gxy6512L
— Shady00018 (@Shady00018) July 1, 2018
JR: Man, why you leavin?
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) July 2, 2018
“Yo Lebron why you got purple on your jersey” pic.twitter.com/L9ZPMdcmP9
— Nic Garza ⁶🦉 (@nicgarza09) July 2, 2018
Poor Kevin Love is now stuck with JR Smith and Jordan Clarkson pic.twitter.com/cURf4YNTTF
— JzoSports (@JzoSports) July 2, 2018
“LeBron, why did you leave Cleveland?” pic.twitter.com/0M2DPdkndS
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) 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
“I believe y’all have met my oldest son LeBrongelo” pic.twitter.com/Of7bbprDyv
— Denlesks (@Denlesks) July 2, 2018
Can’t lose in the Finals if you don’t get there pic.twitter.com/IMRh1HioHb
— Shad (@rashadalaiyan) July 2, 2018
NBA Eastern Conference next season pic.twitter.com/GFAVnl3MFa
— Not My President (@KingFavre) July 2, 2018
LeBron will now be coached by Luke Walton, who was drafted 31 picks after him in 2003. pic.twitter.com/CWxnZ0tSS2
— ESPN (@espn) July 2, 2018
Me as a lifelong Laker fan since today pic.twitter.com/uL0JEzf0Rt
— Alexis Morgan (@alexiskmorgan) July 2, 2018
— Jim Russell (@JimRussellSD) July 2, 2018
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 2, 2018
Sneak peak at SI’s next cover… pic.twitter.com/TPlVeKAK8v
— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) July 2, 2018
How LeBron looking at the Lakers roster pic.twitter.com/poTAfcIpdd
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) July 2, 2018
Bron gonna be a free agent just in time to play with his son . That’s a bar ✊🏾
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) July 2, 2018
It’s going to be a fun NBA season.