“Let’s Get This Chip”: Excited for LeBron James’ 5th Ring, Lakers Fans Welcome Christian Wood to His ‘Dream’ Team

Published 09/06/2023, 2:07 AM EDT

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At 38, LeBron James is all set to enter his 20th season in the NBA. After missing out on the playoffs in the 2021-22 season, it looked like the James and Los Angeles Lakers would once again miss it last season. However, the Lakers finished the regular season strong and made a deep run in the playoffs as well. As the new season is on the horizon, the front office has already made an addition to the squad in the form of Christian Wood. Laker Nation showed their excitement as they welcomed the new addition on social media.

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The Lakers surprised a lot of fans by reaching the Western Conference Finals. So the fans are excited for the upcoming season despite the sweep to the eventual champions Denver Nuggets.

Christian Wood joins LeBron James and the Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers are the most successful team in the NBA alongside the Boston Celtics. Furthermore, LA is one of the most desired destinations as well. Add LeBron James to the mix and the Lakers are a prime franchise for free agents and Christian Wood was no different.

According to ESPN, free agent Wood signed a two-year, $5.7 million deal with the Lakers that includes a player option for the 2024-25 season. After the move, Woods took to social media to express his elation about joining one of the most popular teams in the world. He revealed that it was a dream move. Woods wrote, “It’s always been my dream to be a laker 💜💛”.

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Last year, Wood averaged 16.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game in 67 games for the Dallas Mavericks as per stats from ESPN. The forward brings much-needed support to the Lakers’ title ambitions.

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This could also boost the chances of James getting his fifth NBA championship. After reaching the Conference Finals last year, the fans are expecting more from the team for the upcoming season.

Lakers fans welcomed the new addition

After Christian Wood stated that it was his dream to be a Laker on X, fans around the world could not contain their excitement. A popular fan account commented, “let’s get this chip🏆” with an iconic GIF of Kobe Bryant. Here are some reactions:

As a lot of fans predicted a championship this season with the addition of Wood, many welcomed him. Here are some more reactions:

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Do you think the Lakers can challenge for the NBA title with the addition of Christian Wood to the roster? Let us know in the comments.

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Bagavathi Eswaran is a senior NBA writer at EssentiallySports, with a strong passion for the sport that started at the young age of ten. As a former college player, Bagavathi has been following the NBA for more than a decade and has found his calling in writing about the sport. His expertise in covering the NBA, as well as other arenas of the sport, is evident in his writing.
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