How will this unusual group work with LeBron James?
For Lonzo Ball, it's pretty simple. These are veteran players that have been in the league for awhile who will now play alongside James and help aid in the growth of the young core the Lakers possess. His two first-quarter dunks got the crowd buzzing.
James had 18 points but collected a third foul with 6:04 left in the half.
Even at 33, and with 15 seasons behind him, James is still capable of commanding the spotlight like no other player in the game.
Lebron James turned in his usual dominant performance, scoring 26 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
On the court, the focus was all on James. Toward the end of the fourth quarter, as the game began to look safely in the Blazers' hands, chants of "Beat LA!" rose up in the crowd. But expectations should not be set too high because as I mentioned previously, the Western Conference is deep and the competition is tougher than what James faced in the East last season.
Is it because Magic Johnson is unpredictable?
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For the time being, however, it seems like everyone's in agreeance regarding at least one NBA-related topic: each respondent picked the Warriors to win the Finals again. That had been the recipe for success in both Cleveland and Miami with a number of spot-up specialists opening driving lanes and waiting for James to whip pinpoint passes to the perimeter. They were also cold from the perimeter, going 7-of-30 from 3-point range. Los Angeles was not able to secure another marquee free agent this offseason to pair with James, but the Lakers do have a good amount of young talent surrounding James. "I liked our pace", he said. He pointed at the ball so that his teammates would pass it to him. But the questions that arose after his first year remain.
Brandon Ingram was the No. 2 Overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers and he isn't going any where any time soon as the Lakers have exercised their team option on the Duke Basketball product for the 2019-20 season.
James sees Rondo as an equal. It could spell trouble for Ball moving forward. He said he's one of the guys at the top of the music industry, it's not me - it's because of this guy, this guy, this guy, it's because of his team. McCollum finished with 21 points.
In addition, Ball looked bad, putting up only seven points on 2-of-7 shooting and four rebounds on the night.
These four players will be forced to adjust to their new roles.
Only 81 more to go.