After missing three games to ease the pain in his left foot and ankle, LeBron James returned to the game playing 29 minutes and recording 21 points, six rebounds and as many assists. It was also an opportunity to play together with the newcomers.
He explained: "Physically I'm fine now, I needed to rest because my ankle was giving me problems and I had to stop for a moment. I needed a break, I'm not yet in top condition but I'll be better soon. Obviously when you change so many players in a short time time this can have an effect because all of a sudden all the work done in the previous months vanishes." LeBron returned to action after a record night in the win against New Orleans and 21 points scored.
In the post game he stopped to talk about his physical conditions and the new arrivals in the Lakers house. D’Angelo Russell added: "It's nice to have certain moments, it's like I never left. With LeBron we were more fluid, everyone participated and did a great job to get and defend the lead: I like the game we played tonight." Only some weeks ago, LeBron James talked about his future and his love for basketball: "I knew I was ready.
I knew I belonged to the best league in the world, but I didn't know what to expect. I was very nervous, I didn't know how I would scored my first basket. It was a difficult basket actually, but I was so tense, I didn't want to fail or disappoint people.
Let's just say I know how to score. When I say I'm not a scorer it's because it's never been anything about I base the way I play… but it's debatable. Just think how long this record is left or Kareem himself able to do something like this.
But it won't be me doing it, I never have. I don't have a signature moves like Nowitzki's one leg fadeaway or Michael Jordan fadeaway or Kareem's sky hook or dream shake. I guess the only thing is my one hand dunk in transition.
I want to win. I don't like it set records if I lose… how are you I love doing now being a team under .500 (with more losses than wins). We've been playing good basketball lately, but we want and want to win at the highest level. Setting or breaking records while losing has never been in my DNA."