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#pounditThursday, February 25, 2021

New teammate was surprised that LeBron chose Lakers

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Count Michael Beasley among those who was a bit taken aback at the way the summer played out.

In an interview with Leo Sepkowitz of Bleacher Report that ran on Thursday, the new Los Angeles Lakers forward indicated that he was surprised at LeBron James’ decision to sign with the team.

“A little piece of me didn’t think he’d leave Cleveland,” said Beasley. “But every time I make a [prediction] like that, it’s always the opposite. I didn’t think he was gonna leave Cleveland, so I knew he was gonna leave Cleveland. I 100 percent didn’t think L.A.

“I thought the Philly situation made sense,” he added. “Teams that already had things in place to win the championship made sense. But when you listen to him speak and watch him play and watch how every team he brought to the Finals was all him making the situation 100 times better, it makes sense now.”

Beasley also said that he originally crossed the Lakers off as a destination for himself after James joined but that his agent “had something up his sleeve.”

The two were previously teammates on the Miami Heat in the 2013-14 season, making the NBA Finals together. They definitely had their ups and downs during that time, and now we can look forward to Round 2 in Los Angeles.

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