When the Los Angeles Lakers take the floor for their Las Vegas Summer League quarterfinals game on Sunday, the latest NBA rumors are indicating they might have a special guest in attendance: None other than LeBron James.
James has kept a low profile since joining the Lakers, in part because the team “doesn’t celebrate signings” but also likely because he doesn’t want to be seen as taking a victory lap after leaving the Cavaliers for a second time.
However, while James isn’t expected to speak to the media until the public school he’s funding in Akron, Ohio opens on July 30, it seems he might be making his first public appearance as a member of the Lakers on Sunday when the team plays in the Las Vegas Summer league quarterfinals:
I’m hearing LeBron James may be courtside for the Lakers’ Summer League game on Sunday.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 14, 2018
If James shows up, it would make it an annual tradition for the superstar, who notably attended one of Lonzo Ball’s summer league games with the Lakers last year and liked what he saw enough to post a photo of Ball’s shoes and compliment his future teammates’ game on the way out (via Newsweek):
“He [Ball] can really pass it,” the Cavs forward said before leaving the game.
Now, as with James’ cryptic tweet about appearing at a Blaze Pizza in Culver City, there is a chance this rumored appearance never comes to pass, either. James might not want to deal with the media horde that would surely envelope him in Las Vegas, and also might not want to be seen as taking attention away from the work the summer league team is putting in.
But if James does show up, it would be visual confirmation of something Lakers fans know to be true but still doesn’t seem totally real: James is a Laker now, and he’s going to be at a lot more Lakers games in the near future.
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