Lakers' LeBron gets resounding ovation in Staples Center bow
LeBron James stepped out onto the Staples Center court as a Los Angeles Lakers player for the first time on Tuesday.
James enjoyed a resounding ovation on his home debut in Los Angeles, where the Lakers lost 113-111 to the Denver Nuggets in their preseason contest.
The three-time NBA champion, who swapped the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Lakers in the offseason, was five-of-six – including a three-pointer – for 13 points, three assists and two steals.
James played 15 first-half minutes before sitting out the second half, just like he did against the Nuggets in San Diego on Sunday.
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Amid the buzz in LA, James posted his first basket at his new home with less than seven minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
The 33-year-old superstar turned provider for some of his team-mates before providing the adoring crowd with a powerful dunk late in the first period.
Prior to James' Staples Center bow, the veteran said during the morning shootaround: "It's a new beginning, a new start, it's a new excitement for myself."