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Monday, October 22, 2018

Articles tagged: LeBron James

Watch: LeBron James has two huge dunks for first career Lakers points

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LeBron James’ first points as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers were emphatic ones.

James threw down huge dunks on consecutive possessions early in the first quarter of the Lakers’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

James finished his first quarter as a Laker with 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting with three rebounds and the steal that you saw.

They’re going to love him in Los Angeles. So will TV executives at TNT and ESPN.

Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler don’t want to team with LeBron on Lakers?

The Los Angeles Lakers have long been considered the favorite to land Kawhi Leonard when he opts out of his contract after the season, but those things seem to have a way of not working out as anticipated in the NBA. The more we hear, the more it sounds like that could be the case with Leonard.

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer wrote this week that there are “whispers” around the NBA that neither Leonard nor Jimmy Butler — who is also set to become a free agent next summer — want to join LeBron James with the Lakers. Like we saw with Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, it’s possible that Leonard and Butler are two more star players who do not want to be overshadowed by LeBron.

The 2019 free agent class is a loaded one, and the assumption has been that the Lakers will sign at least one other star player. They already missed out on Paul George, however, and there have been mixed reports about whether Butler and Leonard have interest in the purple and gold.

In fact, one recent report indicated the Los Angeles Clippers are operating as though they can sign both Leonard and Butler next summer. The Lakers are a playoff team as long as they have LeBron, but they need another star player to contend with teams like the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. If they can’t convince Butler or Leonard to join them, they will have to get more creative.

Tickets for LeBron James Laker preseason debut reportedly hard to get

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If you want to see LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers debut, you’re going to have a hard time doing so.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported Friday that tickets for James’s preseason debut in San Diego are almost sold out already.

The Lakers will host the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center, where they have played previous exhibitions. It’s unlikely that any have attracted this kind of attention. Even the briefest glimpse of James in a Lakers’ uniform will probably be worth it for most attendees, especially after he reasserted his loyalty to his new team ahead of the game.

Watch: LeBron James swats reporter’s Lil Wayne question

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LeBron James did not seem to be in the mood for a non-basketball question on Friday.

James took questions from the media after the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice and was asked for his thoughts on Lil Wayne returning to the rap scene. The popular rapper dropped his ‘Tha Carter V’ album this week, his first album released since 2015. James was mostly dismissive of the reporter’s query.

LeBron does not seem to have much tolerance these days for questions he doesn’t care for. He was asked earlier this week about how he’ll prove his loyalty to Lakers fans and seemed pretty taken aback by the line of questioning as well.

LeBron may be a veteran in the sports world, but he’s new in LA and might have to get used to facing odd questions now.

Watch: LeBron has great answer to question about Lakers loyalty

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LeBron James had a perfect answer to a question about his loyalty to his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

A reporter asked the four-time league MVP how he plans to earn the respect and loyalty from his new fan base. James seemed perplexed by the question, and then gave a simple answer pointing to the length of his contract: I signed a four-year deal.

The whole thing was great for a number of reasons. First, LeBron being utterly stunned by the question was funny to see. Second, he was probably confused that after 13 seasons as a star in the league — playing as the best player in the league for most of it — someone is asking how he’ll earn the respect of the fans. Third, he didn’t go into any details about how hard he’ll play and blah blah blah. He simply said I signed for four years, what more do you want?

As accomplished as he is in the league, many Lakers fans — who are used to championships and established Kobe fans — are going to hold LeBron to a high standard. They won’t care what he’s done in the past; they will only care about what he does in the purple and gold. James better be ready for more questions like that, and for a fan base that expects him to win, although Kobe thinks the fans will fall in line.

LeBron James unblocks new teammate JaVale McGee on Instagram

JaVale McGee

LeBron James has apparently not been a fan of JaVale McGee for quite some time — at least if social media is any indication. But now that the two are teammates, something had to give.

On Tuesday, a Reddit user noticed that LeBron began following McGee on Instagram. Why is that noteworthy? If you dig back more than two years on McGee’s Instagram page, you’ll see that he discovered LeBron had blocked him.

McGee and James both signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, so taking McGee out of Instagram jail makes sense for LeBron. While it’s unclear exactly what it was that LeBron had against the big man, some have speculated that James held a grudge since McGee tried to dunk over him many years ago.

McGee is known for making some incredibly boneheaded decisions on the court, so perhaps LeBron just wasn’t a fan of his game. Whatever the case, McGee was a member of the last two NBA championship teams with the Golden State Warriors. He could provide valuable depth and experience in L.A., and LeBron likely recognizes that.

Aaron Rodgers gets shoutout from LeBron after amazing comeback

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Aaron Rodgers returned from an injury on Sunday night to lead the Green Bay Packers to an incredible comeback win over the Chicago Bears, and LeBron James seems to have enjoyed it as much as the rest of us.

On Monday morning, LeBron gave Rodgers a flattering shoutout on Twitter.

Rodgers suffered a knee injury in the first half, and there was initially some concern that it was serious. He returned in the third quarter with Green Bay trailing 20-0 and threw three touchdown passes en route to a 24-23 win.

We caught a glimpse of how excited LeBron was for the first NFL Sunday when he sent a tweet about the Cleveland Browns earlier in the day, and it’s no surprise the four-time NBA MVP appreciated the two-time NFL MVP’s gutsy performance.