Los Angeles Lakers fans may be saddened because their team and the rest of the NBA are on hiatus because of the pandemic.
But something that may cheer them up is LeBron James saying that he wants to be a Laker for the rest of his playing days. It’s something he told fans on Thursday, March 19, on Instagram Live.
The topic came up after someone asked James if there were any teams in the NBA that he wouldn’t play for.
“I’m still playing,” he said. “I got to keep all my options open. Right now, I’ll tell you one thing, I don’t want to go nowhere besides be here, baby. Be a Laker for the rest of my life.”
“LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,” one person tweeted in response.
But there were many who said they didn’t believe that James wanted to be on the Lakers for the rest of his career, because it’s something he said before when playing for other teams.
“Said the same thing when he was in Cleveland he was going to finish his career in Cleveland,” someone tweeted.
Meanwhile, another person brought up what James said in 2010 when he’d just joined the Miami Heat, in regard to the number of championships they’d win.
“Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven,” James said then. “I’m not just up here blowing smoke at none of these fans, because that’s not what I’m about. … We believe we can win multiple championships if we take care of business and do it the right way.”
“Same man guaranteed y’all Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7 championships in Miami, but stayed 4 years and left for Cleveland,” one person tweeted after seeing James’ video.
James began his NBA career in 2003 with the Cleveland Cavaliers after coming straight out of high school as the No. 1 draft pick. He then joined the Miami Heat in 2010, where he’d win championships in 2012 and 2013.
He returned to Cleveland in 2014 and won a championship with the team two years later. He joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.