Those hoping to watch LeBron James press conference with the Lakers are likely to be disappointed. James’ agency, Klutch Sports, released a one sentence press release on July 2, and it appears this will be the only formal announcement. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported there are no plans for a Lakers press conference, and James next public appearance is not scheduled until July 30.
“There will be no further comment or press conference or welcome party for LeBron James in LA, according to a source familiar with his plans. His first public appearance after today’s news will be at the opening of his I Promise School in Akron, Ohio on July 30,” McMenamin tweeted.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who has covered James since high school, echoed the same plans.
“This press release from @KlutchSports on LeBron’s decision to sign with the Lakers will be the only comment for now. No press conference, no videos, this is it,” Windhorst tweeted.
The Lakers front office duo of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are likely to hold some sort of a press conference at some point. It does not appear that it will be a typical press conference where James is introduced as a Laker. This is a break from James’ tradition of having a big free agency announcement.
James announced he was joining the Heat on a live ESPN special called “The Decision.” When James decided to return to Cleveland, he wrote a letter in Sports Illustrated. This time around, reports indicate James called his agent, Rich Paul, to tell him to contact the Lakers, then James headed out of the country.
In addition to living in Los Angeles where his family has multiple homes, James is said to have found the Lakers brand appealing. He is known for being a fan of stories franchises like the Yankees and Cowboys.
Source: Heavy Sports