Kawhi Leonard joined Paul George on the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Lakers responded by signing three point guards, two shooting guards and two centers. All of this took 18 hours.
October 17, 2019, 1:01 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James scored 18 points with 11 dimes, four rebounds, a triple and a steal in Wednesday's 126-93 win over the Warriors.
James might have played his last preseason game tonight, but he delivered for the fans in his 25 minutes of action. He bullied the Warriors tonight and dished out some beautiful dimes, including a backwards overhead toss straight into Danny Green's shooting pocket which ended up with a bucket. The King has his help this year with Davis so the numbers will come, but we can expect him to take a bit of a backseat and more rest days as he saves his body for the playoffs.
October 14, 2019, 9:33 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (rest) said he plans to play on Wednesday against the Warriors.
The Lakers also play on Friday, but Wednesday could be James' final tune-up. The Lakers are one of four teams to play on opening night next Tuesday.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
October 14, 2019, 3:36 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Yahoo's Chris Haynes is reporting that LeBron James and Anthony Davis will sit out Monday's preseason game against the Warriors.
The Dubs are resting Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell, so tonight's game will be missing some star power. Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee should benefit up front while players like Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope should see extra time on the wings. James is just resting while Davis is nursing a sprained thumb.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
October 5, 2019, 10:43 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James looked good on Saturday vs. the Warriors, posting 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and making 5-of-8 shots from the line.
LBJ also added three boards, eight dimes and one steal to the box score in just 18 minutes of action. LBJ has been getting picked in the middle of the first round of standard leagues so far and this is due to the expected bounce-back season he's going to deliver as the Lakers chase for a playoff berth in 2019-20.
September 29, 2019, 8:07 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
During the preseason LeBron James will see just enough action to gain chemistry with his teammates.
It is not surprising that Frank Vogel wants to keep LeBron fresh for the regular season. James does not need to bother building up his confidence during these preseason affairs, and few players can create an entire team's offense the way James can. Vogel also mentioned that the Lakers want to be smart with the way they deploy LeBron during the regular season. It appears that even the King is bending to NBA trends when it comes to load managment. While LeBron is still likely to see major minutes, he could see more rest games this season.
Source: Kyle Goon on Twitter
August 14, 2019, 9:28 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
During Monday’s episode of ESPN’s “Get Up!,” Richard Jefferson proclaimed that LeBron James will be “the best player in basketball next year, again.”
“I think he understands the disrespect,” Jefferson said. “He's felt it over the course of his career, at different levels. Now, it's like 'Oh, you're old. You're not that guy anymore'.” In a recent ESPN poll of 20 NBA executives, coaches and scouts, none of them chose James as the best player in the league, while not one chose the Lakers to win the NBA Championship. LeBron will have AD and a much deeper supporting cast this season so we should expect the same production from the King with some “load management” days in between.
August 13, 2019, 8:58 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
According to the Action Network, the NBA is exploring the possibility of moving the deadline for announcing starting lineups before games between 30 and 60 minutes earlier from the 10-minute current standard.
As of today, the rule states that teams must release starting lineups to the league, the scorer’s table, opposing teams and media 10 minutes before tip-off. And that is a situation that has caused frustration to daily fantasy sports players and betting markets due to late scratches or sudden lineup insertions. The league continues to pursue further amendments in light of media scrutiny and fan displeasure at the sudden unavailability of players, given ticket prices and concern from gaming partners and their clientele, so a potential change could be huge for the fantasy industry. Resistance is likely to come from coaches and some members of the league’s competition committee over the next month, but this seems like a fix that has been long overdue.
Source: Matt Moore on Twitter
August 7, 2019, 10:37 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Shams Charania of the Athletic is reporting that LeBron James has started organizing a team minicamp in Las Vegas in September, in order to help boost the Lakers chemistry.
LeBron and AD are poised to build a contender in Los Angeles this year and a minicamp before the actual training camp is another sign of their commitment to that. The Lakers went over a major overhaul of their roster this offseason and they will need to slowly build their chemistry after a year in which they failed to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, with a loaded and much deeper squad, LeBron’s fantasy value is likely to remain intact unless he gets slowed down by a potential injury.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 8, 2019, 2:56 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers intend to enter the season with LeBron James as their starting point guard, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
It's a sensible decision given the dearth of quality point guard options left in free agency. The Lakers had to wait for Kawhi Leonard's decision and missed out on the top-level guards, but plugging in the most cerebral player in the league is not a bad consolation prize. It'll open up more minutes at the forward spots and shooting guard and limit opportunities for the other point guards on the roster. Kyle Kuzma, Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope should see more minutes, while this hurts the stock of Rajon Rondo, Quinn Cook and Alex Caruso. LeBron is already a de facto point guard, so it'll be interesting to see how much the positional change affects his sterling numbers.
Source: Yahoo Sports
June 27, 2019, 2:49 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Per Chris Hayes of Yahoo! Sports, LeBron James is giving up his number 23 jersey number to Anthony Davis for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
LeBron and AD are on the same page in their pursuit of a championship in LaLa Land. For all the ugliness that was reported on the franchise and both players since the initial deadline deal fell through, we're starting to see the seas part and the master plan forming. In a few days, we will find out who will be joining James and Davis in Los Angeles.
Source: Yahoo! Sports
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