It’s hard for preseason NBA basketball to get entertaining, but the Lakers-Warriors first half on Wednesday night in Las Vegas was actually pretty fun.
Part of that is obviously because the Warriors would be entertaining to just watch casually shoot around a gym, even. And part of that is because of LeBron James, in his first games with the Lakers.
LeBron — as usual — put on a show in the first half, with two plays in particular standing out.
On the first play we’ll look at, LeBron had his right arm held while driving to the basket, so he just made this crazy and-one layup left-handed instead. You get a pretty good idea of LeBron’s otherworldyly strength, body control, and athleticism on this play:
And then he casually nailed this buzzer-beater just in front of half-court to end the first half (and followed with a boss pose):
LeBron played only 18 minutes, and still managed to have 15 points, 10 (!) rebounds, and five assists in the Lakers’ 123-113 win.