LeBron James, Anthony Davis sit courtside for Summer League openers

first_imgHorton-Tucker was the Lakers’ only selection in last month’s draft, and only one other player on the Summer League roster (Joe Young, Pacers in 2015) who has ever been drafted.LAKERS FALL TO BULLSPlaying their fourth game in five days, the Lakers looked fatigued in a 96-76 loss. Two-way contract player Zach Norvell (Gonzaga) led the Lakers with 15 points. Chicago had five scorers in double figures, notably No. 6 overall draft pick Coby White (17 points).The Lakers are now 2-2 in Summer League games. They face the Clippers on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. PDT at the Thomas and Mack Center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSeveral other new faces in the Lakers organization sat near the court on Friday. Assistant Lionel Hollins sat near James on the court, while assistant Jason Kidd was in the crowd.HORTON-TUCKER WILL NOT PLAY IN LAS VEGASA first look at the Lakers’ most recent draft pick will have to wait.Talen Horton-Tucker, the No. 46 selection out of Iowa State, will miss all of Summer League with a stress reaction in his right foot. He had previously missed all three games at the California Classic in Sacramento, but the Lakers had hoped he would recover in time to play some of the games in Las Vegas.Horton-Tucker, a 6-foot-4 guard, will remain with the team to receive treatment during Summer League, but so far he hasn’t been able to practice. On Friday night, he cheered from the bench. Assistant coach Miles Simon, who is leading the Summer League group for the Lakers, said Horton-Tucker had found other ways to soak up concepts.Related Articles LAS VEGAS — Talk about awkward seating plans.A good chunk of the NBA’s top players, coaches and executives turned out Friday night for the start of Las Vegas Summer League, none perched more prominently on the baseline than LeBron James and his teammate for next season, Anthony Davis.The All-Star duo sat side-by-side at the primetime draw between the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks, featuring No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson. The Pelicans, of course, are the team trading Davis to the Lakers following seven seasons after he requested to be traded in January. Rich Paul, the agent for both, sat with them.James watched the majority of two games, including the Lakers’ 96-76 loss to the Chicago Bulls. In the final minutes of that game, James was approached by Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, two of the players who are being traded to New Orleans in the Davis deal. The trio hugged and appeared to exchange minor pleasantries before Ball and Hart moved on to their seats. Brandon Ingram, another former Laker, also was present at the game. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “He’s been great just wanting to learn the offense, learn what to do defensively,” Simon said. “We have coaches showing him film. He has stayed heavily involved and trying to absorb as much as he can without being able to physically do anything.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img

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