But on their first formal day together, nobody suggested the Lakers are remotely ready to compete with the Warriors, who would have four consecutive championships if James hadn't won the Cavs' first championship in legendary fashion instead in 2016.
James however sought to put a lid on the expectations on Monday, warning that any challenge to their Western Conference rival Warriors was a long way off. "I'm a basketball player".
"We have to take our bumps and our bruises, there's going to be good times and bad times". Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart may be stars in the making, but the arrival of arguably the greatest player of all time accelerates that process.
"We got a long way to go to get to Golden State", James said when asked about the Warriors.
"We can't worry about what Golden State is doing". That's what happens with a team that's new.
The 28 teams with Monday media days are scheduled to open training camp Tuesday.
Coming off back-to-back championships, the Golden State Warriors do not have the monster media spotlight that has been on them the past few years.
Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal are just some of those to have worn the yellow shirt of the Lakers.
"I think we all know this has been a historical franchise in this league for years", James said.
"It's just always humbling for me anytime I get the chance to be part of something special", James said.
James also emphasized that his decision to move to Los Angeles - which puts him closer to the capital of the entertainment industry where he has multiple television and movie projects - was based exclusively on basketball.
"As far as my business is concerned, that stuff has been taking care of itself long before I came out here".