LEBRON James expressed his excitement in his first public comments as a Laker, talking about working with Magic Johnson’s organization and helping it regain championship status.
He said it was bittersweet, though, as he opens "I Promise" in Akron, a public elementary school for at-risk kids in his hometown, on Monday, even as he prepares for the new chapter in his basketball career, in the West.
“On one hand I got my school, which I’m blown away by and then I have my next chapter of my personal life, being a part of the Lakers organization and continuing to do what I love to do, and that’s to play the game of basketball," in a video posted on his media company Uninterrupted.
Before even talking about 'Showtime' and Magic, James expressed excitement to have the opportunity to "help the next Barack Obama or Michelle Obama ... the next Sean Diddy Combs or Jay-Z ... the next LeBron James ... Serena Williams."
James has appeared at the Summer League and cheered on the Lakers, who wound up second to the Portland Trail Blazers, but it was only on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) that he has spoken publicly since moving.
"I'm happy to be a part of it because I believe the Lakers is 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,”
“You look at the Lakers … Being able to play for a historic franchise with so much history, and now being able to partner with Magic Johnson, someone I kinda like looked up to when I was younger and wanted to make no look passes like Magic, wanted to get on the break and be Showtime like Magic and then for it to all come to fruition at this point.”