James added nine rebounds and seven assists in his first game since scoring a season-low 14 points in the Lakers' embarrassing loss at Denver. I think they are still learning how to play with one another and trying to adapt to Luke's system.
"The scouts also have noticed that when James is running the point, he rarely looks toward the bench to receive playcalls from coach Luke Walton".
James quickly responded with a personal 5-0 run out of a timeout and when the 33-year-old returned for the final stretch, he was able to successfully close out the game.
"I mean, I wanted to play", Ball said.More news: White House denied reporter from asking Ivanka questions at event
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"I figured I wouldn't have the ball in my hands as much coming into the season with the multiple ballhandlers we have on this team", James said. During the mini-skid, ESPN reported that James had begun ignoring Walton's coaching and play calling during games - a claim that echoed reports that James ran the show when he was in Miami and Cleveland.
Although the Lakers squandered an early 24-point lead - the Pacers taking a 69-66 lead in the third quarter - Walton said there were plenty of encouraging signs.
"But, hey, we're the Lakers, people are going to be talking about us".
"It's a challenge to match up and defend those guys when LeBron is playing five different positions", IN coach Nate McMillan said. "Gave it a go, and I guess I wasn't moving good enough for them, so they just pulled me". "We were up. We did some good things, and we didn't do some good things".