Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Playoffs the goal in LeBron's first season: Lakers' Buss

Playoffs the goal in LeBron's first season: Lakers' Buss

Lance Stephenson, who like James arrived in the off-season, is in no doubt about the four-time NBA MVP's impact on the franchise.

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball will play for the first time since having knee surgery back in mid July.

"The Lakers will be very good again, LeBron will elevate the franchise, and I think it's a very exciting time".

And the West coast crowd got a chance to soak up a bit of his magic after he scored the highlight of a win for the Lakers against last year's National Basketball Association champions, Steph Curry's Golden State Warriors, with a buzzer-beater from downtown in a pre-season tie in Las Vegas last night.

"Everything that they (his teammates) listen to these days, my 14-year-old and my 11-year-old, they watch, too", James told USA Today's Josh Peter. When talking about pop culture and what his younger teammates are into, James noted that it's pretty much the same thing as his 11 and 14 years old sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce.

Statistically, the odds favor James.

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Lonzo Ball said he's doing what he can to be a top defender.

The early evidence of a James-inspired Lakers renewal has been encouraging, with two consecutive pre-season victories over the Warriors last week.

"So I'm really, really hopeful for the playoffs and once you get LeBron James to the playoffs, anything can happen, right?"

"The focus and communications skills with everyone starts with LeBron", the former Indiana Pacers player said.

James, meanwhile, has cautioned that the Lakers remain a work in progress. "We're a new ball club trying to get better". "It's contagious and helps the whole team". "We have to take our bumps and our bruises, there's going to be good times and bad times but, if we continue to sacrifice for each other, everything will fall into place".

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