Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James acknowledged it hasn't been all ideal for the Purple and Gold so far this season but he is happy with their year so far since they have player injuries and roster changes.
On Friday, the Lakers grinded out a tough 117-115 win over the Chicago Bulls to lead the Western Conference with a 7-3 and record. "Through the first 10 games, I think we’ve played B, B-plus basketball, and that is absolutely OK,” James said, per ESPN.
“We’re a team that added basically five pieces to the rotation, and we’re still learning each other. We’re getting accustomed to different lineups, playing different guys, and we’re playing pretty good basketball.
We want to be better. That lets me know we have room to improve, which is a bright spot”.
James led the Lakers to a win
James scored a team-high 28 points and had seven rebounds and seven assists in a tight win over the Bulls.
With 4.7 seconds remaining on the clock, Bulls star guard Zach LaVine missed a shot that would have put Chicago ahead. "From my view, he got off a pretty good look,” Chicago head coach Billy Donovan said. “That’s what we wanted.
... I think we’ve gotten better competing. Now I think we’ve got to start to address getting better and not beating ourselves. The Lakers beat us, but there’s things we could have done better that impacted the game”.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel admitted it wasn't pretty but he was happy his team got the win. "It was far from perfect,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We weren’t playing our best basketball on the second night of a back-to-back, but we hung in there and competed and grinded it out”.
Lakers co-star Anthony Davis missed the game with a right adductor strain. "It was sore today and tight, and [we] wanted to see how it felt when he was moving around on the court and it didn't really loosen up," Lakers coach Vogel said before the game.
"So that's a cause for concern, and we wanted to make sure we played it safe, so he's not going to be in tonight." Davis wasn't the only starter missing for the Lakers and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed his fourth consecutive game.
"We're hopeful that this is the last game he misses," Vogel said of Caldwell-Pope. "He's turning the corner, he's getting close."