LOS ANGELES – The Lakers‘The brand new Big Three made their preseason debut in a 111-99 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. And while the result of Russell Westbrook, Lebron James and Anthony Davis‘First season together was yet another loss to bring L.A.’s record on its show schedule down to 0-5.
“It will be a minute before we become the team we know we will be,” said James, who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 6 turnover. “We’re going to have moments when we’re not quite right. We can take a step back. But that’s all part of … I think nothing’s worth having if it’s not worth working for . “
Westbrook, who worked his way up to the Lakers in the off-season by playing the Washington Wizards looking for a deal looked better than ever in purple and gold – which doesn’t say much when you consider he shot 4:19 with 16 turnovers in his first two appearances. But his pace on the open pitch, with so much talent flanked by him, will make all the difference this season.
“We had some good spurts,” said Westbrook after 10 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 turnovers. “Of course it’s the first game. But there are some good things we can take away from it. … We can be a little bit encouraged by it.”
For James, who is looking for a fifth ring this season that would tie his career to the likes of Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Tim Duncan, moral victories mean little. But the 19-year-old veteran promised to lead his group through the emerging phases.
“My job as a manager is not to be frustrated,” he said. “When I’m not frustrated, I think everyone else matters. I’ve never been the kind of person who agrees not to be excellent. But I also understand that things take time. As long as I keep the main thing, keep calm, no matter what happens to our ball club, then we’ll be fine. “
Davis was more than okay against Golden State, leading the Lakers by 20 points in 7v12 shooting with 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He was encouraged by his first look at the redesigned L.A. lineup with him from 5, along with James, Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Kent Bazemore.
“We saw some great things in action with me, Bron and Russ,” said Davis. “There are endless possibilities, the things that we can do and do. … And although there have been good things, there are many things that we can do better.”
The Lakers end the preseason on Thursday on the road against the Sacramento Kings and have a week until the start of the regular season, back home against the Warriors.
There is still a lot to be done before the Lakers get close to an end product, starting with getting all of their players healthy. Trevor Ariza (Ankle surgery) is expected to be absent for at least two months; Talen Horton-Tucker (Thumb surgery) will pause for about a month; and Kendrick Nunn (right ankle) and Wayne Ellington (left Achilles tendon) both sat together on Tuesday Malik monk (Bar) that will be on the road for another week.
“So if these guys aren’t playing, how do we integrate them?” said Davis. “So we didn’t have our entire team to look at every detail, but it’s looking good so far.”
With an 82-game season for a group that ultimately only cares about 16 wins from April to June, time is on the Lakers’ side.
“It could take a whole year before we’re really at our best, and ideally we’ll be at our best then – in the playoffs,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “But we have the mindset to hit the ground and get the best out of the gate when things click … But it’s reasonable to assume that there will be some bumpy nights at the start of the season, but we had the expectation two years ago and jumped out of the gate pretty strong. That’s what we hope for. “