LeBron James: I have never been OK with not being excellent



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LeBron James: I have never been OK with not being excellent

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James didn't want to panic after his team dropped its fifth consecutive preseason game. The Lakers' big trio of James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook debuted on Tuesday but the Purple and Gold suffered a 111-99 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

"It's going to take a minute for us to become the team that we know we are going to be capable of being," said James, who put up 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 6 turnovers. "We're going to have moments where we're not quite right there.

We may take steps backwards. But that's all part of ... I think nothing is worth having if it's not worth working for." Westbrook echoed James and insisted that it will take time for them to build chemistry. "We had some good spurts," Westbrook said after finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 turnovers.

"Obviously, it's the first game. But there are some good things we can take from it. ... We can be a little encouraged by it."

James wants to be the leader the Lakers need him to be

"Me, as a leader, my job is for myself not to get frustrated," he said.

"If I don't get frustrated, I think it will trickle down to everyone else. I've never been a person that's OK with not being excellent. But I understand things take time as well. As long as I keep the main thing the main thing, stay even keel throughout whatever is going on with our ballclub, then we'll be fine."

Meanwhile, Davis saw some promising signs in their first game. "We saw some great things with me, Bron and Russ in action," Davis said. "There's endless possibilities, the things we can run and we can do.

... And even though there were good things, a lot of things that we can do better." Lakers head coach Frank Vogel also acknowledged it could take a lot of time for the team to get on the level on which they want to be.

"It could take all year to really be at our best, and ideally, that's when we are at our best -- going into the playoffs," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. "But we have the mindset to hit the ground running and come out of the gates really strong with things clicking as best as we can.

... But it's reasonable to think that there's going to be some bumpy nights early in the season, but we had the expectation coming in two years ago and we jumped out of the gates pretty strong. So, that's what we're hoping for."