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The Los Angeles Lakers landed this summer’s top free agent in LeBron James, but one NBA legend doesn’t believe the organization should get too much credit for making it happen.  

Former Lakers star and current Los Angeles Clippers consultant Jerry West recently told Sports Illustrated‘s Jack McCallum that Magic Johnson and Co. didn’t have to do much to get James in purple and gold:

“All due respect to the Lakers, who handled everything well, 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. He has a son 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.”

Johnson told Spectrum SportsNet (h/t ESPN) that he waited outside of James’ house for an hour before their June 30 meeting to make sure he was ready to go. And he didn’t bother wasting any time talking about the franchise’s storied past.

“He didn’t need to hear that,” Johnson told Spectrum SportsNet. “He already knew the team, maybe better than I did. He broke the roster down right in front of me. He knew every single guy, the strength and weaknesses on our team.”

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne broke down the process even further:

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