Lakers don't want James' role to be Cavs all over again

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Johnson wants to keep James as fresh as possible for seasons to come and that's why they prioritized signing playmakers like Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson. We have a system that the ball moves around, a lot of pick-and-roll plays. He finished the night with 38 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, allowing the Lakers to hold on for a 104-96 win to improve their record to 12-9.

Johnson cautioned against the dangers of placing too much of a workload on James and following the Cleveland Cavaliers' blueprint.

"When James is running the point, he rarely looks toward the bench to receive play calls from coach Luke Walton", Windhorst wrote.

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"If you watch us play, the ball is not in LeBron James's hands all of the time".

Including the game against Portland that Rondo injured his hand on November 14, James was averaging 29.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the Lakers' previous seven games prior to Thursday's 104-96 win over Indiana. Unless that rule is changed, LeBron James Jr. would need to play a year in college prior to beginning an National Basketball Association career. They have now won 10 of their past 14 games. "Now we have to continue to get good at, better at, those other times where we're just playing basketball".

"It never goes to plan, but I like the progress we've made, where we're at as a team right now compared to where we were to start the season", he said. Tyson Chandler has added to our team because we defensively we needed a defensive-minded backup center to JaVale (McGee).