LeBron James, Lonzo Ball take the floor together for first time

Annette Crawford
October 18, 2018

He missed Los Angeles' first four preseason games as he continues his recovery from offseason knee surgery to fix a torn left meniscus. He played in the city in AAU tournaments while growing up, spends a few weeks most summers in training camp here with USA Basketball, and is a fan of the NBA's Las Vegas summer league.

If James was truly determined to add more championship rings to his collection of three titles, the theory went, a more logical destination would have been Houston or Philadelphia, where his arrival might have elevated either franchise to potential superteam status.

Success for the Los Angeles Lakers' first season with LeBron James will be measured by whether the team can make the playoffs after a five-year absence, owner Jeanie Buss has told Reuters.

There was LeBron James, still somewhat of a startling sight in purple and gold. He accepts his role as a leader, but he's focused on making sure the Lakers feel like a team, not a bunch of players in orbit around him.

Around the younger players and a coach who preaches team basketball, Los Angeles Lakers will be the most watched team.

He is also the kind of player who makes everyone around him better, having led his teams in assists during each of his 15 National Basketball Association seasons. "We enjoy coming to play, it's always fun". "But we're not there yet". They're watching film and studying together as Rondo attempts to share the roots of his tenacity and the fruit of his experience.

Speaking of point guard skills, the Lakers have a wealth of ball-handlers at almost every position.

LeBron, a noted wine connoisseur himself, recently revealed that he gave up wine for two weeks while preparing for his first season with the Lakers which he says, "Made me want wine more".

When the Warriors and the Lakers take the floor in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, Lonzo Ball will be in uniform. Add 2,000 or so points to James' total of 31,038, and only No. 3 Kobe Bryant, No. 2 Karl Malone and No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - all former Lakers - would still be ahead of him. That got the crowd on their feet, as you might expect.

"So I'm really, really hopeful for the playoffs and once you get LeBron James to the playoffs, anything can happen, right?" "We're getting to the same point, just teaching it with different lessons".

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