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LeBron James must now deliver the title Lakers fans expect to finalize his legacy

LeBron James must now deliver the title Lakers fans expect to finalize his legacy

A week has passed, the cheers bursting out across Southern California in little geysers of joy, an exclamation in the grocery store line, a fist-bump at the coffee shop, an amazed toast from the corner of the bar.

LeBron James is really going to be a Laker. He’s really coming here. There are hastily stitched “23’’ T-shirts hanging in sporting goods stores. There is a mural at Baby Blues BBQ in Venice featuring a drawing of James in a Lakers jersey reading, “The King of LA.” It’s absolutely not a dream.

But a week has passed, and now it’s time to check reality.

James is now going to be surrounded by pressure, the sort of which could be gauged this weekend by stepping...