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Lakers’ Michael Beasley Vows Team Will Come Together

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The newest free agent addition to the Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Beasley, says that doesn’t like the idea of people judging them on their personas or reputations, believing that the team will come together.

“I think it is going to come together like a basketball team,” Beasley said, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “You got [14] guys other than LeBron James that know how to play basketball, and I think you got 29 teams that [are] overlooking the fact that they know how to play basketball.”

It’s been a busy offseason for the Lakers who added James, Beasley, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee.

“For there to even be a narrative of the personalities in this room is judgment enough for me, and I don’t want to be a part of that,” Beasley said.

“You being a critic doing your job, [if] everybody do their job and stop judging a lot of players — me mainly — you will figure out that guys like me, Nick YoungJR Smith and Lance Stephenson and guys like that know how to play basketball and win basketball games, know how to get along with others. It is nothing to do with my maturity.”

Beasley, who is coming off a bounce back season with the New York Knicks, where he posted 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds last season, plans to fit in by just being himself.

“Just be myself,” Beasley said. “I come in here and try to help the young guys and put the ball in the basket.”

“Use my abilities, don’t be shy about being myself.”

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Lakers Not Interested in Carmelo Anthony

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Despite rumors to the contrary, the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly not interested in adding veteran free agent forward Carmelo Anthony, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner.

Anthony was recently deactivated by the Houston Rockets, who he opened the season with after a much hyped signing but failed to find a suitable role with.

The report states that Anthony’s camp called the Lakers “a while back,” but it didn’t go anywhere, and also stated that Lakers’ forward LeBron James, a close friend of Anthony’s, hasn’t talked to 
president of basketball operations Magic Johnson or general manager Rob Pelinka about bringing Anthony in.

James would like to see Anthony join the Lakers, but he hasn’t formally pushed the organization to make the move.

Anthony will eligible to be traded on December 15th.

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Lakers’ Tyson Chandler Talks LeBron James’ Leadership

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Los Angeles Lakers veteran center Tyson Chandler has been a big boost for the team since coming over following his buyout from the Phoenix Suns earlier this season, and since joining the Lakers he has been impressed by the leadership of his teammate, LeBron James.

“Honestly, I fully expect everything that he gives,” Chandler said, according to Gina Mizell of The Athletic. “He’s been incredible for the game — a Hall of Famer on and off the court for his entire career. We’re close in (draft) classes, a couple years apart, so I’ve been able to watch his journey. I had nothing but respect for him before I got in the (same) locker room, how he’s been able to juggle his success, the expectations and then just the man that he’s become is nothing but respectable.”

Chandler is thankful to be able to play alongside of James.

“I expected the leadership qualities that he has,” Chandler stated. “And I think, as a player, you just get excited when you’re playing alongside one of those types of players — one of the greats that you know, if you get them close to the finish line, they’re able to deliver.”

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Lakers’ LeBron James Talks Preseason Debut

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James made his debut with his new team after signing with the Lakers this summer, and although he only played 15 minutes, he had enough time to soak in his new situation.

“I played a little bit more than expected actually and I felt pretty good,” James said of his debut.

“It was great to get back on the floor, start a new journey for myself. Hear the Lakers fans we have here in San Diego was a great feeling to go out there and hear the roar from the fans here, so very much appreciated.”

James received a huge ovation from Laker fans as he was announced in the starting lineup, and poured in 9 points with 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

“It always feels different for me anytime you change uniforms,” James said. “Felt different when I changed from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s jersey to a Cavs jersey from a Cavs jersey to a Heat jersey back to a Cavs jersey and now being a Laker.”

“It definitely feels different. It’s going to take a little bit of time to get used to” James continued.

James also shared his impressions of teammate Brandon Ingram.

“I find rhythm with anybody that is very energetic offensively, and that’s a guy who moves without the ball, and my first assist was to him,” James said. “They just move it on the weak side, and I was able to deliver a pass to him.”

 

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