Don’t expect to see LeBron James much this preseason

Wednesday, 02 Oct, 2019

"You're going to get smashed in the mouth". It's yet to be seen how they'll perform together on the court.

"Common sense", Frank Vogel said.

Pelinka says he had numerous three-way phone calls and text chains with James and Davis, who was acquired in July. Although some of the biggest NBA stars canceled their participation as they want to prepare for the upcoming season, there is a number of NBA players in other national team rosters.

" The most essential thing to state is the Lakers, as a company, take claims of domestic violence exceptionally seriously", Pelinka said.

With plenty of free time on his hands, James filmed "Space Jam 2", which will be released next summer.

"He's a defensive coach and wants to have a defensive mindset", Davis said of Vogel. That was very time-consuming. I'll deal with it at that point.

Throughout James" career, he has been labeled as a "coach killer' by the media. Though James will assume ball-handling duties as he often has done through his 16-year National Basketball Association career, Vogel plans to pair veteran point guard Rajon Rondo with Davis after the two played in 2017-18 in New Orleans.

While the Lakers were able to get their first star in LeBron James last summer, the goal was to always pair him up with a second star. A transcendent talent on that end of the basketball, Davis has the ability to elevate the play of everyone around him by nature of his ability to quickly swoop in as an elite help defender and rim protector. "He's that excellent. It does not imply every time down, we toss it to him, we toss it to him, we toss it to him".

James, Danny Inexperienced, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Dwight Howard, Jared Dudley are all of their 30s.

"We've got two of the best players in the world competing together and all anybody's talking about is Avery Bradley's tenaciousness", Vogel said. We're going to abide by the league's lead on this as that's being investigated.

Kyle Kuzma was upbeat despite a stress reaction in his left foot that will sideline him until at least mid-October. The Lakers will require improved outside shooting and better defense (especially from LeBron) and obviously an MVP-level season from Davis to place themselves in the championship conversation. "I don't think we were trying to be great as a team to meet at the top".

The 16-time champs have actually remained in a rut lately, missing the playoffs for a franchise-worst 6 straight years. Howard's new team-mates say he is humbler, more introspective and determined to excel as a role player or something bigger.

"I would love to", he said.

Irving didn't shy away from his part in the Celtics' disappointing 2018-19 season, admitting that he could have done a better job dealing with adversity. Vogel admitted to reporters following Sunday's practice, "I don't plan to play LeBron a ton" in six exhibition games. But he's in good spirits. "I wanted to play for a new team and simply put, I just did it".

Speaking at Friday's media day, "The King" spoke about his admiration for the new center.