In Los Angeles for the NBA’s All-Star game, LeBron James declared of the city: “It’s built for stars.”
He proved it, agreeing to sign a four-year max contract with the Lakers.
LeBron will become the sixth player who won an MVP elsewhere to join the Lakers – following Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob McAdoo, Karl Malone and Steve Nash. Their rich history and Los Angeles’ prime location makes the Lakers especially alluring to the biggest of stars.
No other franchise has lured so many former MVPs – a standard so high, not even Shaquille O’Neal qualified when he bolted the Magic for the Lakers. The Celtics (Bob McAdoo, Bill Walton, Kevin Garnett and Shaq, who won an MVP in Los Angeles) are next-closest at four.
Here’s how many players who previously won MVP elsewhere then played for each franchise: