Rich Paul: LeBron James Joining Lakers Was ‘About Doing What He Wants to Do’

People photograph a mural of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey in Venice, California on July 9, 2018. - It was originally revealed July 6, 2018, and then vandalized over the weekend, and re-touched up again with the word 'of' not repainted from the original words 'the King of LA'. Artists Jonas Never and Menso One painted the mural to welcome LeBron James to Los Angeles, outside the Baby Blues BBQ resturant in Venice, California. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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In Miami, LeBron James learned how to be a champion. When he returned to Cleveland, he brought a major sports championship to Northeast Ohio for the first time in five decades.

Now, he’s doing what he wants.

“In 2010, when he went to Miami, it was about championships,” agent Rich Paul told Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. “In 2014, when he went back to Cleveland, it was about delivering on a promise. In 2018, it was just about doing what he wants to do.”

James, 33, agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 1 in a move that’s curious from a basketball perspective. There were other options (Houston, Philadelphia) with a more immediate championship window, and re-signing in Cleveland would have made the Cavs favorites for a fifth straight Finals appearance.

            

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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July 11, 2018 at 09:46AM

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