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.”
Lakers Privately Concerned About LeBron James
Per the report, the Lakers have privately been concerned about James’ health following a career-long absence, due to a groin injury he sustained back on Christmas Day in a game against the Golden State Warriors.
James’ play has left the Lakers “a little concerned” for his well-being.
Reggie Bullock Posts Farewell to Pistons Fans Following Trade to Lakers
Bullock, who spent four seasons in Detroit, is currently averaging 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assist per game this season, and posted the following message following the trade.
My love for the city was nothing that I could explain over a tweet, THE LOVE EXTENDS BEYOND! @DetroitPistons thanks for a Lifetime MEMORY! Made me who I am today 🙏— Reggie Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) February 6, 2019
Suns Interested in Being 3rd Teal in Lakers, Pelicans Trade
Their division rival, the Phoenix Suns.
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner, the Suns have reached out to both the Lakers and the Pelicans and made it clear that they are interested in joining the trade as a third team.
The Suns have their eyes on Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, who would be a great fit for the young Suns.
It’s not clear what the Suns could offer outside of their 2019 first round pick, which I assume is completely off the table, but they do have other draft picks and young players such as Dragan Bender, to throw into the fray.
Lonzo’s father, LaVar, ruined the appeal of Lonzo for the Pelicans, after he made comments about his desire to see Lonzo in Phoenix instead, recently.
According to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU, the Pelicans “want no part of the Ball circus.”
This would make the inclusion of the Suns in trade talks beneficial, as it gets Ball a clear landing spot, and provides the Lakers with more assets to offer New Orleans.
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