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Ticket prices for LeBron James’ home debut with Lakers are stupefying

LeBron James’ presence obviously already has and will continue to have a seismic impact upon the Los Angeles Lakers organization both on and off the court.

The King is set to make his home debut at Staples Center on Saturday when the Lakers host the Houston Rockets in what will be an electric atmosphere. And it should not come as a shock that the demand for tickets for the game — and as a result, prices — have hit absurd levels.

According to a SportsCenter tweet, the cheapest ticket price for Saturday’s game has tripled when compared to last season.

It’s not like this should be taken as some kind of shocking revelation, as it’s been standard operating procedure for the organization since James signed a four-year, $154 million deal to join the Lakers back in July.

In July, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported that the most inexpensive season tickets available on StubHub went from $3,499 to $5,800 almost immediately upon James’ announcement. Further, one fan paid $188,781 on StubHub, including fees, for four season tickets, which were for seats 16 rows up and one section off center court.

It goes without saying it must be mind-boggling how much the best of the best seats would set a Lakers fan back.