News ID: 231662
Published: 0204 GMT September 21, 2018

Laker LeBron already in 'midseason' form, says Magic

Laker LeBron already in 'midseason' form, says Magic
GREG M. COOPER/USA TODAY SPORTS

Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson on Thursday said newly-acquired forward LeBron James is in excellent shape ahead of next week’s training camp and will lead an up-tempo offense as the franchise attempts to return to NBA relevancy.

Johnson said the three-time NBA champion, who parted ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the summer to make the move out west, is a player-coach who has already set an example for the team’s young core with his relentless work ethic, Reuters reported.

“LeBron is already in midseason form,” Johnson, who won five championships as a player with Lakers in the 1980s, said at a press conference.

“He’s shooting fade aways and three pointers from almost half court,” he said.

“You’re sitting there saying man, ‘thank god we signed him’. It’s just beautiful to watch.”

Johnson said the Lakers, who have missed the playoffs for the last five seasons, will look to push the basketball up the court this season as they try to unseat the similarly speedy reigning champion Golden State Warriors.

“It’s going to be exciting because the pace will never stop,” he said.

“It’s going to be running, running and more running.”

James, 33, will be surrounded by 20-year-old Lonzo Ball, 22-year-old Kyle Kuzma and 23-year-Josh Hart.

He will also have the help of some savvy veterans including NBA champions Javale McGee and Rajon Rondo as well as the sharpshooting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

The Lakers kick off their season on October 18 with a visit to the Portland Trail Blazers before playing their first home game at the Staples Center against the Houston Rockets on October 20.

 

   
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