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LeBron James ready to pace and race in year 16

It was midway through the first quarter of LeBron James’ first preseason game with the Los Angeles Lakers when Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap used a drop step to elude the newly minted purple-and-gold paragon and loft the ball through the net.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Rather than dwell on his failed defensive execution, James immediately shifted his sights toward the other end of the court and sprinted up the left wing to catch an outlet pass that Rajon Rondo zipped to near midcourt. It was an inbounds pass thrown in such haste that Rondo didn’t even bother dragging both feet out of bounds before he delivered it, floating one of his size-13 sneaks over the painted S in “America’s Finest City” that decorates the baseline at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center.

James made one dribble with his left hand, taking him from half court to just inside the 3-point line, where he floated a pass to Brandon Ingram, who had been hustling down the right wing as soon as Rondo put the ball into play.1

The possession lasted all of four seconds, and while Denver’s Will Barton broke up James’ feed to Ingram at the rim to prevent the bucket, it covered 94 feet.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Many NBA teams talk about running and using pace and space to define their identity — hoping to execute early offense before the opponent can set its defense — but to truly be about it requires recognition and discipline.

It’s one thing to get a steal or grab a long defensive rebound and run because you find yourself with a three-on-two or two-on-one advantage and the defense on its heels. It’s another thing entirely to force the issue and put the opposing team in a compromising position just after they’ve scored, as the Lakers’ mad dash after the Millsap bucket portrayed.

The 2018-19 Lakers, with all of their fresh parts and mix of young and old, intend to come out of the gates running. Literally.

Throughout training camp, X’s marked the spots deep in the corners — taped on the court by Lakers coach Luke Walton — as a reminder of where he wanted his wings speeding to when the ball changes possession.