Four-time NBA most valuable player LeBron James, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, played for the USA national team Krzyzewski coached to Olympic gold medals at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London games. Coach Luke Walton has had to lean more on James and Ingram to facilitate with Rondo recovering after surgery.
"That's the challenge of things I've been kind of battling with since the season started", James said. I think (Thursday) was one of those instances where they looked at me and they wanted me to close the game. "Those guys have the ability to make plays as well".
Bronny James, the oldest son of LeBron James, is considered to be a top basketball prospect for his age.
"We're playing up and down", Johnson said.
The Dallas Mavericks traveled to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Friday evening riding a three-game winning streak. Walton has adjusted, and now when James is running the show, Walton will typically just let him call the game.More news: Tweets document damage after 7.0 quake rocks Alaska, sparking tsunami warning
Magic Johnson believes the Los Angeles Lakers' trajectory is pointed up.
"We have a system the ball moves around, a lot of pick and roll plays", Johnson told Sirius XM NBA Radio.
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"I got to be at 100 percent the way I play", Oladipo said at the team's shoot-around Thursday.
While the Cavaliers surrounded James with shooters to take advantage of James' playmaking strengths, the Lakers wanted to go in a different direction by adding players who could create their own shots and opportunities for others and not have to depend so much on James. James Sr. posted a comment praising Krzyzewski for his decision to be a player's coach for his young team.