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

Lonzo Ball eager to play fast get the ball to Le Bron James in preseason debut

James made the move to the Lakers from the Cleveland Cavaliers official in July when the three-time National Basketball Association champion signed a four-year $154 million contact.

"Strictly a business decision", was the withering verdict of TNT commentator Charles Barkley. Walton still spends ample time educating his younger players on the fundamental aspects of his scheme, but the Lakers' veteran leadership is accelerating the youngsters' growth, Walton said. When I do it at the level I do, everything else will take care of itself.

Whether the component parts of the Lakers roster can give him enough support to provide a credible challenge this season remains to be seen but, certainly, the bookmakers are not ruling it out, with only odds-on favourites and champions Golden State Warriors ahead of them.

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.

GREAT COACHES: San Antonio's Gregg Popovich enters the season with 1,197 wins, fifth-most in National Basketball Association history - 13 behind Pat Riley and 24 behind Jerry Sloan.

With Warriors head coach Steve Kerr having been added to the coaching staff as an assistant to Gregg Popovich, it seems Team USA will make a serious pitch to get the stars from Golden State on board for 2020. "They can pick up right where they left off, starting with training camp". So we have a long way to go.

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"Next summer they will be a year older". Meanwhile, the Warriors played without Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala. A Lakers lineup without James then repeated the feat in a 119-105 win on Friday.

It only lasted four seasons, but James' time with the Heat is memorable for providing him with his first two National Basketball Association titles.

Los Angeles Lakers got their coveted free agent in Lebron James.

The second quarter began much better for Ball as he caught an alley-oop from James and threw it down with a two-hand slam that was probably the highlight of the night. "His communications skills are incredible, and it's contagious and it helps the whole team". We're all new to each other. "That's what happens with a team that's new", he said.



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