Less than two hours after LeBron James announced his decision to sign with the Lakers, fans flocked to Staples Center to celebrate the franchise-altering decision.
In a video posted by ESPN, a group of Lakers fans gather outside the arena and scream in jubilation. A fan decked out in a gold and purple jacket interrupts the celebration and proclaims: “Thanks to LeBron, I went to Cleveland the other day.”
The fan then takes out a container of talcum powder and douses it on his and nearby fans’ hands as the group ecstatically performs James’ old “chalk toss” pregame ritual.
The group of Lakers fans then jump up and down in excitement via mosh pit-style while chanting “LBJ! LBJ! LBJ!”
It’s most likely safe to assume they weren’t chanting for former president Lyndon B. Johnson.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (C) stands with his sons, Bryce (L) and LeBron Jr. after he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player at a ceremony in Miami May 5, 2013. It was the fourth time in five years that the 28-year-old James had won the game's most prestigious individual award, elevating him among the sport's greatest players. The Heat meet the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference semi-finals in Miami on May 6. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Cleveland Cavaliers Lebron James sits with his girlfriend Savana Brinson and son Bryce Maximus during the Rookie Challenge at the NBA All-Star basketball weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, February 13, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)
Jun 22, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, son LeBron James Jr. and wife Savannah James, celebrate during the NBA championship parade in downtown Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James holds his son LeBron James Jr. after his team defeated the Detroit Pistons in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals basketball series in Cleveland, Ohio, June 2, 2007. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz (UNITED STATES)
June 19, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) speaks to media with his children Lebron James Jr. and daughter Zhuri James following the 93-89 victory against the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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February 18, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (23) poses for photos with his children LeBron Jr. Bryce Maxiums and daughter Zhuri following the victory against Team Stephen at the 2018 NBA All Star Game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: NBA player Lebron James and wife Savannah Brinson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Honoree LeBron James (R) and wife Savannah Brinson attend the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 12, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)