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Are they trying to get these young guys ready for next year or are they going to try to win this year with those old guys.

LeBron James collected 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in his first game as a Laker.

Is it because the general manager who did not hire you said "to play the Warriors in their own game is a trap", when the general manager who did hire you brought you in with an eye toward mimicking that very style? It is not that fast. Chemistry does take time to develop in the National Basketball Association, and without a set rotation yet, the Lakers will have to get used to one another. Just don't celebrate it too early.

When James signed his four-year, $153 million deal with the Lakers this offseason, he knew there would be growing pains - aches James still seems to be adjusting to after playing in the NBA Finals each of the last eight seasons.

LeBron James didn't take long to make an impression as a Los Angeles Laker.

"Leadership is not a sometimes thing, it's an everyday thing, all day", he said, according to Sports Illustrated. "I think that's going to create a lot of turmoil".

The superstar highlighted some positives he observed on the court. "We were down double digits".

"So I'm really, really hopeful for the playoffs and once you get LeBron James to the playoffs, anything can happen, right?" While James will command most of the attention on the offensive end, Ingram will have a golden opportunity to put up points as the team's second option.

That included four misses each from LeBron James and Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma's 1-of-7.

A red-hot start from LeBron James wasn't enough to secure the ideal start to his career as a Laker.

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