The Los Angeles Lakers kicked off their preseason campaign on Sunday in a home game against the Denver Nuggets. While it’s merely just a glorified practice game, the game is still worthy of a headline, considering that it was the Lakers debut of LeBron James.
It did not take James long to record his first bucket in Lakers threads, as the four-time MVP nailed a long 3-pointer off of a Rajon Rondo assist early in the first quarter.
.@KingJames 👑 first bucket as a Laker = 👌
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 1, 2018
Clearly, The King is locked and loaded for the 2018-19 NBA campaign in which he intends to lead the Lakers into a much better record than the 35-47 slate Los Angeles had a season ago.
That deep ball from LeBron James can also be taken as a preview of what’s to come from the superstar in the next season. James isn’t getting any younger and while he’s still seemingly at the peak of his physical prowess, it’s not a bad idea for him to start taking more shots from behind the arc. Last season, James put up a fantastic stat line of 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 9.1 assists per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the floor and 36.7 percent from downtown.
James became a Laker when he inked a huge four-year deal worth $153.3 million with Los Angeles back in July.
The Lakers will continue their preseason on Tuesday against the Nuggets again at Staples Center.