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It was presumed his prompt elevation to the “King of LA” and to the pantheon of Lakers legends had rubbed some in the loyal Lakers fan base the wrong way.
Now one victory away from leading the storied franchise to its 17th world championship, James reflected on his two seasons with the Lakers and how he has had to earn everything he gets from the purple and gold fan base that also has had a lasting love affair with Kobe Bryant.
“Well, one, what I’ve learned being a Laker is that the Laker faithful don’t give a damn what you’ve done before,” James said on Thursday. “Until you become a Laker, you’ve got to do it with them, as well.”
This is James’ 10th NBA Finals appearance. James is attempting to win his fourth championship overall and win a