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Ex-Lakers, Pacers coach McKinney dies at 83

Former NBA coach Jack McKinney, whose career was almost derailed by a devastating bicycle injury, has died at the age of 83, his alma mater, St. Joseph's, confirmed.

Walton explains how LeBron sets tone (0:40)
LeBron amused by loyalty question (0:28)

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Lonzo Ball did not participate in contact practice. Luke Walton said Ball will be eased back into five on five and is a few steps away from that for now.

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LeBron James admits he's not a patient person by nature and will have to exercise patience not just with a growing team that he's learning from scratch but with himself being in a new city with a new franchise.

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LeBron James says today's first practice was all defense. When asked if he talked and delivered a message to his new team, James deferred to Luke Walton saying that today was all his voice. James said he needs more time when asked for a variety of his first impressions but says he loves this locker room.

Stephen A.: 'LeBron knows exactly what he's doing' (1:26)
Stephen A.: LeBron knows Lakers roster cannot beat Warriors (1:08)
Walton prepared for heightened attention (2:01)
Stephenson explains his aggressiveness on the court (1:21)
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Lonzo says added strength has helped jumper

Lakers second-year guard Lonzo Ball, who "just got cleared" to participate in full workouts after undergoing surgery on a torn left meniscus, hopes to show off an improved jump shot and the ability to finish better in the paint.

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Lonzo Ball says if he made more shots, that could've changed much of the narrative of how his rookie season was perceived by some. He believes confidence will be big for him this season. "Last year was full of ups and downs for me," Ball said of what he learned from last season. "I think just stay closer to the people that really care about you and stay true to the team are big things. And personal goals, my shot last year could have fixed a lot of things. I think if I was making shots, a lot of people wouldn't have a lot of things to say. That is pretty much the main thing."

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Lonzo Ball on how added strength is helping his shooting form: "Everybody is saying my jump shot [is] this new thing. To me, it [has] not really changed a lot. I just think I got a lot stronger. So I ain't got to really fling the ball like I did last year. [The set point] moved a little bit more to the middle but it is still on the left side. But just trying to focus on my mechanics, keeping my hand up, keeping my elbow in more and just me being stronger, my upper body, it's just easier for me to get to the rim."

LeBron: Today is the first time it's felt real (2:33)
Lonzo says it 'means a lot' to be suiting up with LeBron (1:30)

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope says the Lakers "should definitely take it personal" when people believe the Lakers don't have any perimeter shooting specialists. The Lakers are banking on Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma to improve from the perimeter and rookie Svi Mykhailiuk has seriously impressed the Lakers coaching staff and management with his shooting. It remains to be seen if the rookie will be able to earn minutes and stay on the floor.

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Kyle Kuzma says "the knock on me" as a rookie was his defense and he spent all summer working on that. Rajon Rondo has also spent time helping Kuzma with his defense as well.

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Michael Beasley on some of his initial observations of the Lakers: "[Kentavious] Caldwell-Pope can shoot... we have a chance to special [but have to put in the work]."

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Lonzo Ball says everyone thinks he's revamped his jumper but he says his shooting form is still a little toward his left but a bit more centered simply because he's stronger after spending time in the weight room. He says with added strength, he no longer has to bring the ball over more to his left side.

LeBron says 'nothing' in his career creates pressure (0:26)

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When asked about how LeBron James was all business in his press conference, Luke Walton says James has had a serious look on his face most of the summer. "There is definitely that [intense] look I've seen before with somebody else I have played with before," Walton said. When asked who that might be, the Lakers coach — who played with Kobe Bryant — joked, "Ronny Turiaf."

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Team Stats

Points Per Game108.111th
Rebounds Per Game46.42nd
Assists Per Game23.87th
Points Allowed109.625th

2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(25)Moritz WagnerPFMichigan
2(17)Sviatoslav MykhailiukSGKansas

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-183547.427
2016-172656.317
2015-161765.207
2014-152161.256