LeBron backs Coach K, teases Duke future for LeBron James Jr

Los Angeles Lakers forward Le Bron James left shoots as Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell center and forward Dorian Finney Smith defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

LeBron backs Coach K, teases Duke future for LeBron James Jr

Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson reiterated Los Angeles wants to continue limiting LeBron James' minutes, but he explained the reason behind that is because the organization doesn't want to make some of the same mistakes Cleveland made with the usage of the 33-year-old. "Those guys have the ability to make plays as well". "The success we had a year ago, it wasn't just me".

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

Sabonis had 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Pacers lost for the first time in three stops on their four-game West Coast trip.

Victor Oladipo sat out his sixth straight game for IN with a sore right knee, but the Lakers still needed James to close it out.

Shortly after the team's release, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Oladipo "is still working himself back into game condition and is expected to return in the near future".

"We're playing up and down", Johnson said.

Walton has been an National Basketball Association head coach for all of two years.

Although the Lakers squandered an early 24-point lead - the Pacers taking a 69-66 lead in the third quarter - Walton said there were plenty of encouraging signs. "Once we do that, we will be a really good team".

Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points for the Pacers, and Thaddeus Young added 11. If it's up to him, he says, he'll battle through the sprained ankle he suffered at Pepsi Center on Tuesday. He could go through a full practice Friday.

Despite averaging a career-low in minutes, James is still averaging 27.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in his 16th season.

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