"Spectacular" was the verdict of Lakers coach Luke Walton, but James said he's thought long and hard this season about when to take over and when to cede control to his young teammates with an eye toward their development.
One display of that potential awesomeness of the new-look Lakers came on Friday night when James, Ball, and McGee teamed up for a fast break that would make the Showtime Lakers grin from ear to ear.
"If you watch us play, the ball is not in LeBron James's hands all of the time".
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Yet even so, after a James Milner penalty had brought the game back into range, they missed too many second-half chances. Bernat cut inside on his right and with the help of a slight deflection wrong-footed Alisson in the visiting goal.
James played 38 minutes Thursday, scoring 38 points and adding 9 rebounds and 7 assists as the Lakers ended a two-game losing streak. This probably shouldn't be considered a slight - it's just James being James. "I just tried to make plays".
The team wraps up a four-game western trip Saturday in Sacramento after falling to the Los Angeles Lakers last night. But I'm available anytime we need a play to be made. "The success we had previous year, it wasn't just me. It's a challenge for me, and it's an adjustment for me, but whatever it takes to help our ballclub be as great as it can be toward the end of the season, and at the same time getting better every day".
Shown above, ESPN reposted a snippet of Krzyzewski's post-game press conference against IN, where he defended his current star-studded freshmen class from the criticisms that came their way after Duke's loss to Gonzaga. "Once we do that, we will be a really good team".