New Los Angeles (LA) Lakers signing LeBron James has been lauded by the team's management.
James is often considered the best basketball player in the world and regarded by many as the greatest player of all time.
The 33-year-old small forward joined National Basketball Association (NBA) giants Lakers from Cleveland Cavaliers last month.
James recently opened I Promise School, a public elementary school in his hometown, Akron, in Ohio, United States of America (USA).
The school is founded by the LeBron James Family Foundation and specifically aimed at at-risk children.
The following statement was issued by Lakers chief executive officer and controlling owner Jeanie Buss on behalf of the team:
“We could not be more proud to have LeBron James as part of our Lakers family."
"He is an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent leader and clearly appreciates the power that sports has to unite communities and inspire the world to be a better place."
"Those efforts should be celebrated by all," a statement read.
The Lakers will be hoping that James inspires them to their 17 NBA title during the upcoming 2018/19 campaign which is scheduled to start in October 2018.
James has won four NBA Most Valuable Player awards, three NBA Finals MVP accolades, two Olympic gold medals, three All-Star Game MVP awards, and an NBA scoring title.
The former Miami Heat star has also won three NBA titles during his successful professional basketball career.