The Los Angeles Lakers were the lucky winners of the LeBron James free agent sweepstakes, and yet some fans of the purple and gold don't seem pleased about the prized acquisition.
This is much to the chagrin of Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss, who ripped the many fans who have been unwelcoming towards James. There was a natural rivalry between he and Kobe Bryant throughout the 21st century, as both players fought for the "face of the NBA" title.
Some fans vandalized a mural of LeBron James in Los Angeles, writing messages such as "We Don't Want You," "3-6," and "No King." And fans like this, according to Buss, are not legitimate Laker supporters.
"I think that any Laker fan… they’re not Laker fans if they’re not happy about LeBron joining the team,” Buss said. on the Rich Eisen Show, via The Daily Express. "There was some unrest and some uneasiness and I just think those are troublemakers that don’t get it.
James left the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed a four-year contract worth $154 million with the Lakers in free agency. There had been speculation that his family would want to come to Los Angeles, and that James would like to start a production company in Hollywood, so his decision to join L.A. didn't surprise many.
The Lakers franchise has been home to many great legends, including Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe and now LeBron. He's one of the many great NBA icons that will don the purple and gold.
It's surprising that so many Laker fans would be unwelcoming to James, given his status as the best player in the world, and the fact this team has missed the playoffs in the last five years. With James in the fold, Los Angeles will surely be a postseason team in 2019, and it may not be long until they enter championship contention.
"I think Los Angeles is going to be very proud of the way that LeBron will represent the Lakers and they’re going to fall in love with him too," Buss said.