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LeBron James appreciative of ‘great atmosphere’ in Lakers’ home debut

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The four-time league MVP made his first career appearance at Staples Center on Tuesday night.

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LOS ANGELES — Following weeks of anticipation, LeBron James made his first appearance with the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Tuesday night. 

It was loud and atmosphere in the arena that began prior to tip-off during his introduction with the starting lineup with James that was filled with much energy and excitement from the crowd. In his 15 minutes of action on the court, the 33-year-old put forth another productive outing with an efficient shooting night hitting 5-of-6 shots for 13 points along with three rebounds, two steals, and a block all in the first half. 

James made his first made field goal was a running jumper fading to his left going toward the left baseline. He followed that up later in the first half with a thunderous dunk in transition that he went coast to coast throw it down. James had also a three-point play after he finished off a sequence in transition that saw Rajon Rondo throw a behind-the-back pass to Josh Hart that was given to him transition for the lay-in and foul. 

Following the game, James voiced much appreciation for the fans’ support for providing a “great atmosphere” in his home game as a member of the Lakers. 

“Great atmosphere,” James said. “I feel like we played better as a team tonight than we did the other night. A positive night for us.”

Beyond that, James was encouraged by the manner in which the team played this time around with their increased effort and play defensively that saw them carry a double-digit lead into the half with starters taking the floor.

“In all facets. communication,” James said. “We could do a better job of rebounding but other than that effort was there. We was into our game plan and executed.”

This is something that was notable as the Lakers played with more control of the game in the second preseason action that the team will look to build on moving forward in the preseason. Los Angeles is set to play on Thursday night at Staples Center against the Sacramento Kings.

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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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