The King is breaking in his new regal colors.
James — who nearly broke the internet with fan excitement, freak-outs and hot takes when he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for $154 million just over a month ago — finally gave his followers a glimpse at what he’s going to look like when he’s rocking purple and gold on the court when the upcoming NBA season kicks off later this year.
In the first of three pics, James rocked his No. 23 jersey — the number he wore during both his stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers — as he walked through a parking structure in a pair of Nike ‘I’m King’ LeBron 15s.
In a follow-up pic James shared to his story, the basketball great smiled for the camera while sitting in a dressing room in his new uniform. The big difference in this pic are the shoes. James opted to debut the Lakers-inspired Nike Undefeated x Zoom Kobe 1 Protros, complete with gold and a hint of purple.
“U mad huh?!?!” James wrote on the snapshot, along with some laughing emojis. To make the dig more readily apparent, he followed it up with a final snapshot that was just a close-up of the Kobe-branded sneakers, over which he wrote, “Oh my bad I didn’t properly intro these on my last post,” along with more laughing and fire emojis.
While James’ critics might not love seeing the star rocking Lakers colors, his overwhelming chorus of fans were deafening in their excitement.
For more on James’ warmly received move to the Lakers, check out the video below.