LeBron James Opens Up About Why He Joined the Lakers

Posted July 31, 2018

James' I Promise school is set to open in Akron, Ohio - his hometown - on Monday, and later in the afternoon he's slated to speak publicly for the first time since joining the Lakers in free agency.

A day after the James family was escorted out of a high school gym for their own safety, LeBron James Sr. was back watching LeBron James Jr. and the North Coast Blue Chips at the Made Hoops tournament. The school will expand year by year, going to second and fifth grades next year, ending with grades first through eighth by 2022.

The foyer of the I Promise School features two walls that bookend the main staircase.

"The excitement that I have to be a Laker, I'm happy to be a part of it because I believe the Lakers (are) a historical franchise - we all know that", James continued. They're gonna experience things that I didn't experience. James' life was turned around between fourth and fifth grade, when he had ideal attendance, thanks to the intervention of Frank and Pam Walker.In 1993, the Walker family took James in and encouraged him to focus on his education at a city school in Akron. Corresponding pairs will be sold by Upper Deck and proceeds will help fund the school and the foundation.

"I know these kids basically more than they know themselves". "I walked the same streets". The good, the bad, the adversity.

Johnson, who became one of the most iconic players in the sport's history after 13 seasons spent at point guard for the Lakers, is now president of basketball operations of the LA club.

James, 33, moved to the city earlier in July after signing a four-year deal with the LA Lakers basketball team worth $154m (£116m).

"You look at the Lakers", he said. This is where I have on one hand, my school which I'm blown away by.