If you want to see LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers debut, you’re going to have a hard time doing so.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported Friday that tickets for James’s preseason debut in San Diego are almost sold out already.
Thinking about driving to San Diego for @KingJames Lakers debut on Sunday? Gonna be a tough ticket. Word is the game is almost sold out. A very limited amount of tickets were just released, but the nearly 14,000-seat arena will be completely filled…for a preseason game
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) September 28, 2018
The Lakers will host the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center, where they have played previous exhibitions. It’s unlikely that any have attracted this kind of attention. Even the briefest glimpse of James in a Lakers’ uniform will probably be worth it for most attendees, especially after he reasserted his loyalty to his new team ahead of the game.
LeBron James did not seem to be in the mood for a non-basketball question on Friday.
James took questions from the media after the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice and was asked for his thoughts on Lil Wayne returning to the rap scene. The popular rapper dropped his ‘Tha Carter V’ album this week, his first album released since 2015. James was mostly dismissive of the reporter’s query.
Reporter: “What’s it mean to have Lil Wayne back in the game [with the Carter V]?”
Lakers’ LeBron James: “Where did he go? He didn’t go anywhere. Wayne’s been making music how long? Since ‘96.” pic.twitter.com/rdFQ8oDhyN
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 28, 2018
LeBron does not seem to have much tolerance these days for questions he doesn’t care for. He was asked earlier this week about how he’ll prove his loyalty to Lakers fans and seemed pretty taken aback by the line of questioning as well.
LeBron may be a veteran in the sports world, but he’s new in LA and might have to get used to facing odd questions now.
LeBron James had a perfect answer to a question about his loyalty to his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers.
A reporter asked the four-time league MVP how he plans to earn the respect and loyalty from his new fan base. James seemed perplexed by the question, and then gave a simple answer pointing to the length of his contract: I signed a four-year deal.
Reporter: How do you expect to earn the loyalty and respect of the LA fan base?
Lakers’ LeBron James: “Me? Huh? I signed a four-year deal, what more do you want me to do?” pic.twitter.com/bQuyDNUQSZ
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 25, 2018
The whole thing was great for a number of reasons. First, LeBron being utterly stunned by the question was funny to see. Second, he was probably confused that after 13 seasons as a star in the league — playing as the best player in the league for most of it — someone is asking how he’ll earn the respect of the fans. Third, he didn’t go into any details about how hard he’ll play and blah blah blah. He simply said I signed for four years, what more do you want?
As accomplished as he is in the league, many Lakers fans — who are used to championships and established Kobe fans — are going to hold LeBron to a high standard. They won’t care what he’s done in the past; they will only care about what he does in the purple and gold. James better be ready for more questions like that, and for a fan base that expects him to win, although Kobe thinks the fans will fall in line.
Aaron Rodgers returned from an injury on Sunday night to lead the Green Bay Packers to an incredible comeback win over the Chicago Bears, and LeBron James seems to have enjoyed it as much as the rest of us.
On Monday morning, LeBron gave Rodgers a flattering shoutout on Twitter.
Woke up this morning saying to myself @AaronRodgers12 You’re INCREDIBLY GOOD at Football my guy! One of the ’s! Thank you
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 10, 2018
Rodgers suffered a knee injury in the first half, and there was initially some concern that it was serious. He returned in the third quarter with Green Bay trailing 20-0 and threw three touchdown passes en route to a 24-23 win.
We caught a glimpse of how excited LeBron was for the first NFL Sunday when he sent a tweet about the Cleveland Browns earlier in the day, and it’s no surprise the four-time NBA MVP appreciated the two-time NFL MVP’s gutsy performance.
LeBron James may no longer play for an NBA team in Cleveland, but that does not mean he is going to abandon the city’s NFL franchise.
On Sunday morning, LeBron took to Twitter to express how excited he is for a new Cleveland Browns’ season to begin.
Man I swear I’m so EXCITED to watch @Browns today! I’m up like I’m headed to the stadium to prepare to play.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 9, 2018
LeBron grew up in Ohio, so it makes sense that he is a Browns supporter. However, he has taken plenty of heat over the years for being a fair-weather fan, as he has also been spotted cheering on the Dallas Cowboys and was all-aboard the Carson Wentz train last year.
Heck, one star NFL quarterback even recently tried to recruit James to play for his team, so we may have to add another pro football team to LeBron’s list. If the Browns can’t exorcise some of their demons from recent years, it will be interesting to see how enthusiastic LeBron is about watching them play.
Basketball and football fans have long wondered how LeBron James would fare in the NFL, and Tom Brady is apparently among those who feel the four-time NBA MVP could do more than just hold his own on the gridiron.
When LeBron shared a photo on Instagram of him getting above the rim for a dunk during a workout, Brady couldn’t help but marvel at the athleticism. He also took the opportunity to recruit LeBron to play for the Patriots.
Tom Brady trying to recruit LeBron to the Patriots pic.twitter.com/jXGbhMl4Pd
— J23 iPhone App (@J23app) September 7, 2018
Can it be considered tampering if you play different sports? Probably not.
There’s no question LeBron has the physical makeup needed to play in the NFL. He’s 6-foot-8 and weighs 250 pounds, so he would be tough to cover. Heck, one of the best coaches in college football even once offered James a scholarship.
Unfortunately for Brady and the Patriots, LeBron has some unfinished business to handle on the basketball court.
There has been some chatter that the most diehard of Kobe Bryant fans aren’t particularly happy to see LeBron James playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant isn’t dismissing that outright, but he also thinks there’s one particular reason that LeBron will ultimately win them over.
“I hear that,” Bryant told “The Rich Eisen Show,” via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “But listen, if you are fan of mine, you are a fan of winning, you are a fan of the Lakers. I bleed purple and gold. So, that is above anything else.
“I have been a Lakers fan since I was yay high. That is never going to change. Right? [It] is about winning championships. So, they’ll fall in line.”
Bryant may underestimate just how protective his biggest fans are of his legacy given what some have allegedly done this summer. Bryant is right that most will likely stand down ultimately, especially if James is a success. Don’t be surprised, however, if there’s always going to be a small subset constantly loudly proclaiming why LeBron will never be Kobe no matter what he accomplishes with the Lakers.