After starting the season with close losses to three playoff contenders, the Lakers went out and dominated a novice Phoenix team on Wednesday.
"Of course I noticed him sitting right on the baseline over there", James said.
James joins a Lakers club that has missed the playoffs in each of their last five seasons, the longest playoff drought in franchise history for the 16-time National Basketball Association champions. What he's done for this franchise in his 20-plus years that he was here.it speaks wonders. "To be able to compete against him all those years, and for me to be able to share a jersey, the same jersey as him at this point, is pretty special". "I think it's pretty special".
Lakers: James has five fewer triple-doubles than Wilt Chamberlain.
"It feels great", he said.
James scored all his points in three quarters and likely would have posted his 74th career triple double if he hadn't sat out the fourth with the game already in hand.
As the Nuggets called for timeout, an amped James ran back down court to find Stephenson and celebrate the pass. Once the Lakers are in full stride, the team can do some damage.
"That's one of my favorite players", a visibly excited Stephenson said afterward.
What the Lakers are good as it going to help them a ton; they push the pace, score a lot of points and drive to the basket a ton.
Bryant said he loved what he saw from Kyle Kuzma (22 points), who got to train with Bryant this offseason.
If Stephenson put the Lakers in position to win, Lonzo Ball brought it home. The former MVP coasted to a fairly well-rounded performance which included 19 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. "Very cerebral basketball player".
"The first couple of games, when we fell behind, we stayed behind", James said. "Every time he's in the lineup, he's getting two, three, four steals, deflections".
As expected, James thrived as maestro of the Lakers' offense.
"But if we are going to play a certain way, let's not reward people for flopping 30 feet from the hole on plays that have nothing to do with that possession. I feel like somebody stamped that excuse on me like, 'Cool, we can play him low minutes because he has asthma'".