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Angeles Lakers fans will get a first chance to see newly acquired
superstar LeBron James playing in the team's purple and gold in a
pre-season game on Sunday - but if they blink they could miss it.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton confirmed in comments on the team's
website on Saturday that four time NBA Most Valuable Player James will
play in the exhibition opener against the Denver Nuggets in San Diego.
"It will be more than one and less than 48," Walton said of how many minutes James might play.
At practice earlier this week James indicated that even with a new
team he didn't think he needed too much pre-season action at this stage
of his career.
"I don't need pre-season games to get ready," he said.
James played just one pre-season game last year for the Cleveland
Cavaliers as he recovered from a left ankle injury. Over the past three
years he has made just six pre-season appearances.
James, 33, joined the Lakers in July on a four-year, $154 million
deal sealed just weeks after his Cavs were beaten by the Golden State
Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third time in four years.
He arrives in Los Angeles with the Lakers desperately trying to
regain their former glory after several years of decline. The Lakers
have failed to make the playoffs for five straight seasons.