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Lakers news: LeBron James makes presence felt in preseason debut

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The four-time league MVP made his long-awaited debut with Los Angeles where he made his presence felt in his limited action on Sunday night.

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Following weeks of anticipation, LeBron James made his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night against the Denver Nuggets that he made his impact felt

James had a short appearance on Sunday playing in just 15 minutes, but he had was able to make his presence felt scoring nine points on 2-of-6 shooting from the floor with both makes being from beyond the arc along with three assists and three rebounds. The bulk of his production came in the first quarter as he quickly made a few memorable plays. 

This had begun with a deceptive no-look pass to second-year forward Brandon Ingram on a no-look pass in the paint that freed up him for a one-handed dunk at the rim without much resistance defensively. James followed it up with an in-rhythm pass to  Brandon Ingram as he moved to hit a fadeaway jumper from the right baseline. His last assist found JaVale McGee open in the paint for the floater. He also had a couple of hockey assist passes in brief time on the floor where he began the ball movement. 

Meanwhile, his first basket of the game came on a broken play that he bailed out with a deep 3-pointer. His second shot from distance came on a step-back attempt from the left wing that has been one of his favorite spots on the floor over the last several years of his career. James didn’t play in the second half as he had admitted following the game that he had played longer than initially expected. 

It wasn’t a standout performance by any means, but James got a slight feeling of what to expect on the floor with his new teammates. This was the first preseason action that had many adjustments and other areas of improvement, especially defensively that the Lakers need to work on. That said, this was the first action in just a week together on the floor that will take time for them to gell and figure out what works best for them together. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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