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Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James speaks for first time since joining the Lakers

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LeBron James (Getty Images)

Since agreeing to terms with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 1, it has been a relatively quiet summer for LeBron James.

Outside of appearances at his sons' games, one Lakers summer league game and the occasional social media post, the world has not seen or heard much from the 14-time All-Star in the month of July.

That changed Sunday night.

Ahead of what James says will be one of the greatest moments of his life, he took to his Uninterrupted platform to share his thoughts regarding his latest endeavours: opening the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio on July 30 and joining the Lakers via free agency.

James opened by echoing the sentiment of his tweets, sharing that this is a day he has been looking forward to for the past few months. He explained much of his excitement stems from his connection to relate to the youth of Akron: "How excited I am…for me to be able to be in my hometown and to be able to open up and school and to know who is going to benefit from it."

"Everything that these kids are going through…I know." The four-time league MVP added. "For me to be in a position where I have the resources… Why not continue to do great things where you can help the youth?"

James also described the opening as being 'bittersweet', as he won't have the ability to be around often once he moves from Ohio. His imminent move served as a segue to share his excitement about joining the Lakers this upcoming season, "being able to play for a historic franchise with so much history, and now being able to partner with Magic Johnson - someone I kind of like looked up to when I was younger…and then for it to all come into fruition at this point - I think timing is everything."

The three-time champion has often shared that he is still in a 'championship mode' while he is still performing at a peak level. At 33, James is coming off one of his best seasons statistically (27.5 ppg, 9.1 apg, 8.6 rpg) and a record-breaking postseason run.

The opportunity to restore a winning culture to the Lakers, who have missed the playoffs for five consecutive seasons, was a big draw for James: "I'm happy to be a part of it because I believe the Lakers [are] a historical franchise - we all know that - but it's a championship franchise, and that's what we're trying to get back to, and I'm happy to be a part of the culture and be a part of us getting back to that point."

The Lakers showed a great deal of potential in the 2017-18 season, winning 35 games behind the play of promising young talents Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.

With James, LA's playoff drought will soon come to an end, and soon all that will be left to end is its championship drought.

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