LeBron backs Coach K, teases Duke future for LeBron James Jr

LeBron backs Coach K, teases Duke future for LeBron James Jr

LeBron backs Coach K, teases Duke future for LeBron James Jr

Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets on December 2, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. He's taken over the major responsibility of running the point, since Rajon Rondo has been recovering from a broken hand, and he's apparently not taking orders from the coaching staff on how to do so. Walton has adjusted, and now when James is running the show, Walton will typically just let him call the game. In comparison, James averaged 36.9 minutes last season while playing in all 82 games for the first time in his career.

IN trimmed Los Angeles' lead to 89-88 on Domantas Sabonis' jumper with 4:59 left, but James had a 3-pointer and a three-point play on consecutive possessions in a 10-0 Lakers run before adding a 22-foot jumper with 2:21 to play.

JaVale McGee has been one of the most consistent players for the Los Angeles Lakers for the first quarter of the National Basketball Association season. "We have other guys we trust - Brandon [Ingram], LeBron - that can play that for us, but they do other things for us, too, so it's not ideal".

Oladipo already has missed six straight games with the injury and the Pacers are 3-3 without him. Just 20 games into the season, it seems Walton is falling into the bucket of David Blatt and Mike Brown: coaches who couldn't hold authority over the sharpest basketball mind on the planet.

Walton said that any team with a player of James's caliber will rely on that player at times.

"I've always said that in January we will look better and I still think that is going to happen. Once we do that, we will be a really good team".

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