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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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Magic Johnson Says Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka Betrayed Him

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Former President of the Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson finally spoke about his abrupt exit from this position at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season.

Johnson, appearing on ESPN’s First Take on Monday, pointed the finger of blame at Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who he said betrayed him during his tenure, and took to task during his appearance on the show.

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Lakers, Tyronn Lue End Talks

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue have ended their talks about bringing Lue on as the next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.

Per reports, Lue and his representatives turned down the Lakers’ offer on Tuesday, which is believed to have been a 3-year deal worth $18 million, prompting Lue to pull out of negotiations.

Lue was reportedly seeking a five-year deal with a salary commensurate with a championship resume.

Additionally, the Lakers had proposed a number of scenarios involving their preferred selections for assistant coaches, including former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, who has been tied to the Lakers organization in recent months.

Lue is a preferred choice of Lakers superstar LeBron James, due to their relationship from their days together with the Cleveland Cavaliers, highlighted by a 2016 NBA Championship.

Additionally, Lue was part of Lakers championships in 2000 and 2001.

Lakers adviser Kurt Rambis and general manager Rob Pelinka had interviewed Kidd for the head-coaching position, and from those discussions they became convinced that Kidd should be a key member of a Lue coaching staff.

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Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers’ President Of Basketball Ops

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Magic Johnson has abruptly stepped down from his role as the President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Athletic’s Bill Oram.

Johnson held an impromptu press conference to make the announcement and indicated that he did not inform Lakers owner Jeanie Buss prior to publicly announcing his departure.

“Somebody’s going to have to tell my boss, because I knew I couldn’t be face-to-face and tell her,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that he “had more fun” when he was able to mentor other players and was able to be “the big brother and the ambassador” as opposed to the primary decision maker.

Johnson had been the subject of reports that labeled him an “absentee executive” and he never fully committed to the job and had limited office hours during his tenure. 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, on top of that, Johnson was traveling and away from the team often, and wasn’t very active in the scouting area.

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