As someone who’s been perched atop the echelon of NBA players for such a long time, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James carries a personality that’s strong enough to overlap the powers of his coaches. In his first regular season game as a member of the Lakers, James already made one such example when he ordered Luke Walton to keep him on the floor despite getting his third foul of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night, according to Mike Trudell of ESPN.
LeBron just picked up his 3rd PF on a box out with Aminu trying to get on the O glass. He thought the foul was on McGee … regardless, LeBron motioned for Walton to keep him in.
And here’s a video of that interaction between LeBron James and Luke Walton.
— Joel Dombrow (@joeldombrow) October 19, 2018
James may disagree with the call, but there’s no way that that wasn’t a foul. It looked like a legitimate and forceful push from behind by the four-time league MVP on Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu.
Although it’s been months since James decided to take his talents to Hollywood and has spent a good amount of time in the offseason building his rapport with his new teammates, it’s probably going to take some time before the Lakers become a truly cohesive unit.