When LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in a free agency, some media expect the drama in the 2018-19 NBA. However, over 20 games in the season, so far, there have been no major problems.
At least no one directly involved in James. As pLakers resident basketball operations, Magic Johnson and coach Luc Walton reduced their meeting after the start of 2-5, all the attention of the NBA shifted to the dispute between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant.
While the progress made in the Lakers 11-9 start of the season for debate, there was a recent ESPN report on anonymous scouts, noting that James ignored Walton's calls when playing at the stadium.
However, the Radio SiriusXM NBA, Johnson categorically denied how much:
"First, Brian [Windhorst] I made a mistake. All this is to make sure that they can say something on ESPN and everyone can only talk. We have a system in which the ball is moving around, many pick-and-roll dramas. If you do not see the game, the ball is not in the hands of LeBron James all the time. It can not be because you want to spend it, you will enter your pick-and-roll dramas. But, hey, we're the Lakers. People will talk about us, but that's not how it's happening right now. "
When the best player in the game today plays for one of the biggest sports franchises, there will naturally have reports like this one. In every sport, it is very important for players to call headsets depending on what they see.
Since Walton has become the head coach, he has emphasized the players to take responsibility, so they feel empowered on the pitch. With the young creature that has benefited from this approach over the last three seasons, this is no different for James, Ryan Rondo and veterans.