The Los Angeles Lakers got their first glimpse of James and Ball, last year’s No. 2 overall pick, on the floor together and liked what they saw in the limited minutes the Lakers played their core rotation players.
In what likely could have been James’ final dress rehearsal for the regular season, he put on a show in Las Vegas with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and delivered his first buzzer-beater as a Laker — a 35-footer from the left corner near midcourt at the end of the first half. Despite James playing just 17 minutes, all in the first half, the Lakers held off the defending champion Golden State Warriors 123-113.
While James looks to be in midseason form already, the Lakers wanted to take a close look at Ball, who had not played since his last game of his rookie season back on March 28. After undergoing surgery on a torn left meniscus in mid-July, Ball has been eased back into action by the Lakers.
Coming off the bench with Rajon Rondo starting, Ball played 23 minutes and came away feeling good afterward. Ball, who looked noticeably stronger a