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LeBron James makes practice debut for Lakers

The practice was missing a few things, however. For one, second-year point guard Lonzo Ball did not participate as he recovers from July arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Beyond that, there was no actual 5-on-5 basketball being played as Walton used the first of the Lakers’ two-a-day sessions to focus solely on the defensive side of the ball.

“It was a physical practice, but we challenged them mentally, too, as far as being locked in and really kind of helping set the foundation of the team we want to be,” Walton said.

Point guard Rajon Rondo, nfl nike jerseys for cheap who will start in Ball’s place to begin the season, urged his coach to let them scrimmage. Walton, however, said he would save that for Wednesday.

“We still haven’t put in pick-and-roll defense and things like that, but if you take that away from the players too long, they might revolt against you,” Walton said. “So we will let them have some fun tomorrow.”1

Delaying gratification was an appropriate tactic by Walton considering how much James and Rondo spoke about the importance of patience after the first practice.

“I got to bring in the approach I get from home,” James said. “When you have three kids, you have to be patient. I’m not calling these guys kids; they’re young men here, and some of these men have families as well. But you learn that you have to be patient and you have to gauge everyone individually very different to get the most out of them.

“Every day will be a better learning tool for me to see the ways I can get the most out of each and every one of these guys.”

The part of the game that no one is used to seeing is JaVale McGee — who is 1-for-15 on 3-pointers in his 10-year career — launching from the outside, but sure enough that’s how Tuesday’s practice ended. McGee’s team — including Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Michael Beasley — beat James’ team — including Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson and Kyle Kuzma — in a 3-point shooting competition.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

While James took the loss in stride, gathering the group for its final huddle and leading it in a “1-2-3 together!” chant afterward, he displayed less, well, patience with a reporter who wondered how he planned to earn the respect of the L.A. fanbase.