LeBron James is already making big Los Angeles summer plans before picking up practice with his new Laker teammates later this year. Among the details getting hashed out: a meal at Nobu in Malibu with none other than Kevin Love.
The longtime Cavalier teammates appear to still be on friendly terms after all these years, even as LeBron chose to leave Cleveland in search of a new title and some expanded business opportunities here in Los Angeles. The resulting vacuum from losing one of the best players in the history of the NBA has meant that Cleveland needed to retain what star power it had, ultimately tendering a gigantic four-year, $120 million contract to Love yesterday.
With Love suddenly wealthier than ever, LeBron took to Twitter to offer suggestions on a congratulatory meal: Nobu in Malibu, or Wally’s in Beverly Hills. Both are upscale enclaves frequented by the very wealthy, but there’s something extra exclusive and luxe about the Nobu pick. Naturally, Love chose the ocean view, but wasn’t about to let LeBron get off without making sure he’d be paying his half of the bill:
Haha appreciate it brother!! If it’s Nobu Malibu we will split it... ♂️ https://t.co/YNWSgtBKLv— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) July 24, 2018
In just over 24 hours LeBron’s original tweet has almost 100,000 likes, with Love’s own response locking in Nobu carrying another 17,000 likes — not bad for just planning a meal with a friend.
Both men are probably intimately familiar with Nobu Malibu already, given its status as a hotspot for millionaires and billionaires who love to snack on sushi. It helps too that Love was born in Santa Monica and played at UCLA, and newly-minted Westsider LeBron recently purchased a mega-mansion in Brentwood. The only key for Love is to make sure his former teammate actually shows up, given how he no-showed at a potential fan event in Culver City during a day of Blaze Pizza giveaways. Regardless, Nobu has managed to get enough free press from the exchange, there’s a fair chance they may not make either man pay the bill at the end.