No matter where he goes, it is safe to say LeBron James will move the needle. It is also safe to say wherever he leaves will suffer a tough hangover in many ways. According to a statistic pointed out by Legion Hoops, it looks like the social media accounts for the Lakers have gained a large amount of followers while the Cavaliers have lost a lot.
The Lakers and Cavs Twitter followers count the day of LeBron’s decision – people go where the King goes. pic.twitter.com/0rwWqGJndb
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) July 6, 2018
From that statistic, that was just one week of changes from each account. As the season goes on and the playoffs get closer, that stat should change a lot. This is not the first time this has happened, as Legion Hoops also pointed out the effects of LeBron leaving to the Miami Heat twitter account in 2014.
Heat band-wagoners are officially leaving…the Heat twitter account has lost nearly 300,000 followers since LeBron's announcement.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) July 11, 2014
Losing 300,000 followers in a short span after LeBron James’ announcement is a lot bigger than the numbers seen with the Lakers so far. But, the effects of LeBron James and what he does for franchise’s on and off the court is substantial.