LeBron James’ first game with his third franchise opened up with a pair of highlight-worthy plays in the Los Angeles Lakers’ preseason debut against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
James’ first tally in the stat book as a Laker was an assist off a no-look, wraparound bounce pass that found Brandon Ingram for a dunk.
LeBron with the no look like Magic 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Lu30rmklMU
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) October 1, 2018
The Lakers limited their superstar’s playing time in the preseason opener, as James saw only 15 minutes of L.A.’s 124-107 loss to Denver. It was a modest night for LeBron, who finished with nine points, three assists and three rebounds.
LeBron finished with 9 points, 3 boards, and 3 assists in 15 minutes of floor time in his first preseason game as a Laker. pic.twitter.com/gdOuPSSNXm
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 1, 2018
Rajon Rondo also had some highlights, dishing 11 assists in only 23 minutes. He began the game by immediately firing an alley-oop to McGee off the opening tip, and continued to dazzle with bounce passes, underhanded dimes and more.
Itr’s really fun watching Rondo pass the basketball.
• Alley-oop off the opening tip-off
• Hard bounce pass to Ingram
• Flip to LeBron (while subtly boxing out Murray from contesting)
• Wraparound bounce pass to Kuz pic.twitter.com/WgYgO7gfZu
— Joey Ramirez (@JoeyARamirez) October 1, 2018
It’s only the preseason and the LeBron and the Lakers hype is thru the roof. I think they’ll make the playoffs, but as a 7 or 8 seed. We’ll see what happens.