LeBron James went from being the greatest player in a franchise’s history, when he was playing in Cleveland, to now being on the payroll of the most-storied organization in all of professional basketball.
It appeared to be quite an adjustment at first, as the Lakers fanbase met James with a mixed reception after he first signed. Cavs fans fawned over him, even after he left and later returned, but LBJ had to actually prove himself to the Lakers faithful.
Well, it appears he’s done exactly that. The Lakers are one win away from their first title in 10 years, and the franchise appears to be on the upswing once again.
In the meantime, James still has a few years left on his contract, and he recently shared what he’s learned since joining the Lakers thus far.
“What I’ve learned being a Laker is the Laker faithful don’t give a damn what you’ve done before,” James said, via USA Today Sports. “Until you become a Laker, you’ve got to do it with them as well. They don’t care about your resume at all until you become a Laker. Then you got to do it as a Laker. Then they respect you.”
It took some time, but James has certainly earned Lakers fans’ respect, as they prepare for a championship parade.