LeBron James Says His Sons, Ages 14 And 11, Enjoy Wine

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"As he has said, there are a lot of reasons he joined the Lakers, including family and a number of basketball specific reasons, but team culture is as important to LeBron as talent". That will continue to get better, especially as we continue to get better at defense.

"When you play with LeBron you obviously want to keep playing because he's easy to watch".

James and the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 123-113 on Wednesday, although this game in Las Vegas - despite the electricity and all-star-level hype surrounding it - was a mere tune-up. Despite being on the floor for just 18 minutes, he did everything.

James is not bothered whether the Lakers flop in their final preseason match against the Warriors on Friday as long as they avoid any injuries ahead of their first game of the season at Portland Trail Blazers next Thursday. With nearly a week before the season opener against the Portland Trail Blazers on the road, the Lakers will continue to focus on defense if they want to be one of the fastest-paced teams.

When Jeanie Buss headed down the Southern California coast on the drive that would eventually lead her to LeBron James, the Lakers owner and CEO wasn't feeling the mother-of-dragons spirit just yet.

Preseason games are tricky.

James is going to wind down his career over the next few seasons and it appears he's finally at peace.

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