LeBron James, Anthony Davis to make preseason debuts Wednesday for Los Angeles Lakers

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“I do plan on playing AD and LeBron some first-half minutes, but just to kind of get their feet wet,” Vogel stated on a videoconference name with reporters.

James, who will flip 36 later this month, signed a two-year, $85 million extension this offseason, and the 27-year-old Davis inked a five-year, $190 million pact to stay in L.A. as the celebs look to defend the Lakers’ title.

Both James and Davis sat out L.A.’s first two preseason games towards the LA Clippers to rest. The team is easing the pair’s workload after training camp opened up simply seven weeks after the Lakers completed off the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Oct. 11.

“I just want to see them go out and try to get a rhythm,” Vogel stated. “Get comfortable with some of their new teammates and try to get their legs under them a little bit. We’ve been trying to intentionally every day monitor the amount of work put on those guys after the shortest offseason in history, and that will be no different with these next two preseason games.”

The Lakers open up the season in one week, Dec. 22 towards the Clippers, after which host Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Christmas Day.

James informed reporters that with the offseason additions of Dennis Schroder and Marc Gasol as playmakers, he will not essentially reprise his position as point guard for the 2020-21 Lakers, after main the league in assists final season for the primary time in his career.



“Every year causes for whatever that challenge presents itself,” James stated on a videoconference name Tuesday. “So, if it presents to me to be the primary ball handler and also try to lead the league in assists or to make sure I am being at the forefront of getting guys involved, then I can take that responsibility every single action. If our team doesn’t need that this year, then that’s absolutely fine as well.”

His charity, the LeBron James Family Foundation, made a serious help to his hometown group in Akron, Ohio, on Tuesday, asserting the House Thirty Three initiative. The endeavor will create a holistic center for group improvement the place households can search monetary literacy, job training and discover ample house for group gatherings all underneath one roof.

“We listen to our kids, we listen to our families and what their needs are, and we’re just not settling for what we’ve done in the past,” James stated. “We want to continue to grow and believe House Three Thirty is the next step on providing the future for our kids and for our families.”



The effort is an extension of the I Promise School, which James’ basis opened in 2018 and enhanced with housing alternatives and group center entry since, to additional assist the at-risk college students the charity intends to assist out.

“My mom was literally one of those parents. I come from a single-parent household. I come from the inner-city. We come from not much at all,” James stated. “My mom didn’t work. She was the only parent. She was 16 years old, walking through Central High School in Akron, Ohio, pregnant as a high school sophomore. And then unfortunately my grandmother passed away when I was 3 years old. My mom was 19. So we just, we’ve been through, I guess what you would say, hell and back. But we never wavered.”

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