After he had signed LeBron James for a four-year contract, Los Angeles Lakers took the unorthodox approach from the rounds of their roster to veterans and playmakers. That was against spot-up shooters that typically wounded rusters have led by James.
While it was another approach than some of James's pre-emptive teams, Lakers made it clear that he wanted to play him on a night basis. The strategy is one James has public support.
Yet he felt more control of the fight against the Lakers that the ship ran to a 2-5 start to the season. Although there is also something to say about the turnaround on defense and players simply grab to play together.
More can now fall in the back as Rajon Rondo repeats hand operation and Lonzo Ball can be restricted by a left-handed knee. In that case, James dropped the punch, believing that it did not come with game Lakers head coach Luke Walton named ESPN's Brian Windhorst:
The scouts also see that when James drives off the point, he seldom looks after the trail to trainer Luke Walton. Even if they see, say the scouts, he promises and calls the game he gets. Walton has adjusted, and then James has the show, Walton will simply call the game. This probably would not be considered empty – it's only James James.
Even if James had Walton's call to order, there is no indication of a rift or growing anxiety between both. When Lakers chairman of Magic Johnson met Walton to criticize him about the evils of James, he was said he was still in the support of his coach.
It can also be adapted that Walton would not always blame James for exercising his control on court, to receive regular reports and sounding players.