On Monday, July 9th, 2018 LeBron James sent shockwaves throughout the NBA when he decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. After spending the first 15 years of his career running the Eastern Conference, James is taking on a new challenge in the West.
LeBron played the first seven years of his career in his home city of Cleveland, Ohio. After a four-year stint in Miami with the Heat, he returned back home to Cleveland to take care of unfinished business. After going to four straight finals in his second stint with the Cavaliers, winning the franchise their first NBA title, he now faces the challenge of leading a young Lakers team through the brutal Western Conference to the playoffs and beyond.
So when is LeBron's first game at the historic Staples Center in Los Angeles, California?
Saturday, October 20th
On this date, James and the Lakers will take on the reigning league MVP, James Harden, and the Houston Rockets. This game will be played at 10:30 p.m. eastern time and will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN. This is an intreguing matchup as the Rockets were last season's Western Conference runner-up.
Arguably even more anticipated than James' first game in Los Angeles is his first game returning to Cleveland. When does this go down?
Wednesday, November 21st
On this date, LeBron will make his first return home to take on the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. The game will tip off at 8 p.m. eastern time and will also be televised on ESPN.