LeBron James Joining Lakers on 4-Year $154 Million Deal再续紫金王朝，詹姆斯1.54亿签约湖人 时间:2018-07-03 单词数:6000
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LeBron James is going to be a Los Angeles Laker.
While this may have seemed like a foregone conclusion at times during these past few weeks, Decision 3.0 — it was announced via James’ agent Klutch Sports on Instagram that James will head to Laker Land on a four-year, $154 million deal — still managed to send shockwaves through the NBA world.
尽管在过去的几周里，这一形势似乎早已成定局，“决定3（Decision 3.0）”最终由詹姆斯所属经纪公司Klutch Sports在Instagram上发布，声明詹姆斯已与湖人达成4年1.54亿美元协议-该决定仍然在NBA圈内引起轩然大波。
In what has become an every-four-years ritual, James has chosen to switch teams for the third time in his career, opting to leave his home-state Cleveland Cavaliers for a second time and join one of the league’s glamour franchises.
In the 33-year-old James, the Lakers acquired the most dominant player of his generation.
Even with all James has accomplished – the three titles, four MVP awards, three Finals MVPs, 13 All-Star appearances and two Olympic gold medals – this is a bold move for James. He led the Miami Heat to two titles and added a third with the Cavaliers. That crowning achievement came in 2016, when Cleveland staged an improbable upset of the Golden State Warriors to win the title in seven games. It was the Cavaliers’ first championship, and one that cemented James’s legacy as one of Northeast Ohio’s most celebrated figures.
尽管詹姆斯成就诸多-三届NBA总冠军，四届常规赛最有价值球员奖（MVP，全称为Most Valuable Player），三届总决赛MVP，13次入选全明星赛以及两次奥运会冠军，但是这次换队对他来说也是一次冒险之举。他曾带领迈阿密热火队夺得总冠军两次，效力骑士队期间带领球队获得他自己的第三次总冠军。那次巅峰成就发生在2016年，当时骑士队在与金州勇士队对决时失误频频，但最终在总决赛抢七大战中获得胜利。这是骑士队史上首座冠军奖杯，也巩固了詹姆斯作为俄亥俄州东北部最知名人物之一的传奇地位。
James’s decision to sign with the Lakers and join a string of all-time greats to make that move west midcareer — including Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal — came much faster than his previous free agency declarations.
He waited until the eighth day of free agency in 2010 to announce his move from the Cavaliers to Miami in a widely panned television production known as “The Decision.” In 2014, James waited until the 11th day to reveal his plans to leave the Heat and return to Northeast Ohio in a Sports Illustrated essay titled “I’m Coming Home.”
2010年，一直等到恢复“自由身”后的第8天，詹姆斯才在一个饱受争议的名为“决定（The Decision）”的电视节目中宣布他将离开骑士，加入迈阿密热火队；2014年，等到第11天，他才在《体育画报》（Sports Illustrated）上发表题为“我回家了”的公开信，宣布将离开热火，回归骑士。
He elected to join the Lakers regardless, making his decision known within the first 24 hours of free agency — and on the same day that his agent, Rich Paul, met with a Philadelphia 76ers contingent trying to sell James on joining the Sixers.
Despite Philadelphia’s interest, it appears that the short list of destinations came down to the two cities where James, his wife, Savannah, and their three children have maintained homes; Los Angeles has been the summer base in recent years for the first family of Northern Ohio.
These are reasons beyond immediate basketball success. He already has a home and myriad business interests in Los Angeles. And with his oldest son approaching high school, a long-term deal will give his family stability, as well. Signing a four-year deal also gives the Lakers’ front office time to build a championship contender around him over the long-term.
James, who lives in Brentwood in the offseason, comes to Los Angeles at a time when the Lakers sunk well below the organization’s historic excellence.
For five years the Lakers wandered through an NBA desert, amid the twilight of Kobe Bryant’s career as his body no longer let him be the player who helped lead the Lakers through their last set of glory years. For five years the Lakers couldn’t make the playoffs. In three of those years they set franchise records for futility. The 55 games they lost in the 2013-14 season, the most ever in the franchise’s history. Until the next year when they lost 61 games and the year after that when they lost 65 games.
No free agent came to save them. But the Lakers front office kept hoping and assuming. Maybe a 14-time All-Star, who some argue is the greatest basketball player on earth, can do that.
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