LeBron James Viewed Opportunity To Build New Lakers' Culture As Major Positive

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"As he has said, there are a lot of reasons he joined the Lakers, including family and a number of basketball specific reasons, but team culture is as important to LeBron as talent".

"It's exactly the same".

Whether James was being sarcastic, it was hard to tell given the highlights he showcased, including an and-1 circus layup, an alley-oop to Lonzo Ball, and a near-half-court shot to beat the halftime buzzer.

It was the first time James was facing the Warriors since last season's NBA Finals - when his second stint as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers ended with Golden State sweeping its way to a second consecutive championship.

"I think, listen, (Magic) was very close to Dr. Buss and what he built around here", James said recently.

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Like a drug dealer trying to get someone hooked on his product, James gave Lakers fans a free taste of what's available. "Luke [Walton] is not going to like that, but everybody come out healthy and be ready for next Thursday, that's all that matters to me." he said.

The Lakers have one more meaningless game before the actual 82-game grind starts for them next week.

As the Lakers will play the Warriors again in the preseason finale, the priority is health.

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