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Anonymous NBA Player Reveals Why LeBron Chose The Lakers

LeBron James sweating in a headband.

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 02: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Arena on January 2, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

LeBron James officially signed with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month, inking a four-year, $153 million contract. The NBA's best player now will spend the majority of his time in Southern California.

Many have speculated why LeBron chose the Lakers and just how difficult of a decision it was for the former Cleveland Cavaliers star.

One anonymous NBA player opened up to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmisuk about LeBron's decision, saying it was pretty simple.

He just wanted to be in Los Angeles.

"He wanted to come to L.A.," the player told ESPN. "They just had to not f--k it up. Jerry West just said it, and I was like, 'Finally.' He's not coming to the Lakers. He came to L.A."

Who do we think this anonymous NBA player is?

Regardless, this is a similar thought shared by Lakers legend Jerry West, who now runs the Clippers.

"All due respect to the Lakers, who handled everything well," West told Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum, "but, as these things go, LeBron was not a tough free-agent signing. LeBron wanted to come to L.A. and he wanted to come to the Lakers. Period. He has a family he's thinking about. He has a home here. [Actually two homes.] He has a son [13-year-old "Bronny" Jr.] whom he wants to keep in one school in Los Angeles. He will be a celebrity out here, sure, but it's a place where, once in a while, he can get lost, be himself. You can't do that everywhere."

The "real" reason for LeBron's decision to join the Lakers doesn't really matter now, anyway. He's on the Lakers and he's going to remain with the franchise for at least the next three years (barring a shocking trade).

The LeBron James-led Lakers will likely be contending for a top-four playoff spot in the West and then, assuming another star comes in 2019, will probably be competing for championships.

So, even if LeBron's decision wasn't based solely what happens on the court, the Lakers are likely going to be pretty freaking good moving forward.