LeBron James and Russell Westbrook admit chemistry is a work in progress after preseason debut.
The Los Angeles Lakers fell to 0-3 in the preseason after a 121-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors, but they are far from worried.
LeBron James and Russell Westbrook made their preseason debuts against the Warriors, each with 17 minutes in a somewhat rusty comeback for the superstar duo.
Westbrook scored just two points on 1-of-7 shooting and recorded six turnovers.
“Not everything will be resolved in the next week or two,” Westbrook said. “We have a long year ahead of us. It’s the preseason. We’ll figure it out.”
James was blunter with his feelings about preseason basketball, chuckling at the idea that the rough start is a concern.
“I care more about the practice court than I do preseason games,” James said. “I’m not going to learn anything from the preseason at this point in my career. Nothing. Zero.”
Anthony Davis, the third member of the Lakers’ big three, took the night off, and head coach Frank Vogel did not make a commitment to who he would play in his next meeting against the Phoenix Suns.
James pointed to not only the personnel change but also the offensive system change, believing it will be a “process” to figure out the best ways to function with the new group.
Elsewhere on the roster, Dwight Howard filled in the stat sheet to finish with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and a block, while Talen Horton-Tucker added 17 points.
The Lakers will once again see the Warriors in preseason action before the two teams meet on opening night at Staples Center.