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Will LeBron’s outsized presence help or hurt a young Lakers core still finding itself in the NBA?

One of the plays that most excited me during the Lakers’ preseason happened when LeBron James and Lonzo Ball connected for an alley-oop against the Warriors. James held the ball on the left wing and tossed it up for his teammate after Ball ran his defender into a Kyle Kuzma pick. It was their first action together — Ball had been out for 105 days with an injury — and an exciting glimpse into what this new Lakers team could be.

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The 20-year-old is blossoming earlier than expected.

Jayson Tatum sized up Joel Embiid, then crossed the 7-footer low to blow by and bank a fadeaway mid-ranger to put the finishing touches on a season-opening 105-87 win over the Sixers. For the 20-year-old, it was just one of his best moments of the night. He scored 23 points on 17 shots to go along with nine rebounds. He was the best non-Ben Simmons player of the game.

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The timing is right. And LeBron is gone.

LeBron James is in the Western Conference. We should start there because everything about the Eastern Conference hinges on that fact. LeBron ran the East for the last decade, reaching the Finals in each of the last eight seasons with either the Heat or the Cavs. Challengers came and challengers went, but every June there was LeBron repping the East, usually against the mighty Spurs and Warriors.

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Miami’s cap sheet is bloated, but there could be a hidden upside.

In a league built on selling hope, the Miami Heatstand apart. By always focusing on right now, Miami has ignored the torpedoes and plunged into what is widely considered salary cap hell. Including player options likely to be exercised, the Heat have more than $120 million committed for the 2019-20 season with seven players due more than $10 million.

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LeBron James isn’t often going out of his way to fuel the hype machine about the young Lakers either, but both sides have let signs of their excitement sneak through.

It took less than a week for the young core of the Los Angeles Lakers to show they weren’t going to be fawning fanboys in the face of LeBron James’ presence, a reality best punctuated when just four days after James officially convened with the team on Media Day, Lonzo Ball made it clear that despite James being his favorite player growing up, he wasn’t some starstruck kid anymore.

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Lonzo Ball looked really good for the Lakers this preseason. Luke Walton definitely noticed.

Lonzo Ball returned for the final two games of the Los Angeles Lakers preseason slate, and his impact was undeniable. Whether it was enough to push him into the starting lineup opening night still remains to be seen, but the time he spent on the court was very promising nonetheless.

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Anthony Davis is trying to focus on the present even while his switching to the same agent as LeBron James triggers a cascade of free agency speculation and Lakers trade rumors.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be extremely active in the market for a second superstar to play alongside LeBron James for the foreseeable future. They’ll have options, as several max players will hit free agency over the next couple years, and speculation has been swirling about one name in particular, especially since he switched agents to Rich Paul of Klutch Sports: Anthony Davis.

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NEW YORK -- LeBron James' first game against the Warriors as a Laker drew nearly 2 million viewers, making it ESPN's most-watched preseason game ever.

The Lakers' 123-113 victory Wednesday night in Las Vegas was watched by 1.98 million viewers, the network said Thursday. A spokesman says that is the most viewers for an NBA preseason game on any network since at least 1994, which is as far back as the records go.

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