Your Ball: So, what are your first impressions of Lakers?

Marcus Newton
October 20, 2018

LeBron James played a typical LeBron James game (more on that later) scoring 26 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out six assists.

This is one of the many projects in his own image, combining commitment and investment, have recently been announced by the player, who has, since 2015, of an office in the prestigious studio Warner Bros. Here's a look at what James told ESPN.

Not quite. LeBron lost his debut match for Cleveland (twice) and Miami and this made it four from four.

But Portland were solid down the stretch behind their All-Star back-court of Damian Lillard (28 points) and C.J. McCollum (21 points).

"We knew it was Lebron's first game (as a Laker)".

Yet overall James was rusty, failing to sink any of his three efforts from downtown and also even sending a few attempted passes out of bounds. His points tally was a second-highest on Lakers debut in history.

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Kuzma's dunk got the Lakers within 79-78 with just more than four minutes left in the third quarter.

In addition, Ball looked bad, putting up only seven points on 2-of-7 shooting and four rebounds on the night.

The illustrious franchise have 16 championships but none since 2010, having watched the Golden State Warriors enjoy a period of dominance.

Fultz got a similar reaction when he buried a 3-pointer in a preseason game, after not attempting one last season.

"The Lakers are going to surprise a lot of people", Bryant the Undefeated's Jerry Bembry."Rob [Pelinka, Lakers general manager], has smartly built a team of physical players - big, versatile, fast, physical players". Thursday night was always going to be a frenzied occasion and, though the spotlight will remain firmly on, the coming weeks should allow James and his side to settle down.

Randall said the same of Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, and added that he thinks the rangy shooter will enjoy an enhanced role within Los Angeles' offense this season alongside James.

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