The LeBron James-Anthony Davis era is off to a great start, as the Los Angeles Lakers took care of business in their first preseason game.
The Purple and Gold defeated the new-look Golden State Warriors — albeit without Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney — 123-101, at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California, the latter's new arena.
The newness visibly didn't help the cause of the Warriors and Stephen Curry, whose first signature Curry long bomb hit everything but the rim.
The same cannot be said about the Lakers, who basically bullied the Finals runners-up in the paint to open the match.
It looked like Bron and AD (22 points, 10 rebounds) have been playing together for quite some time now, while coach Frank Vogel's center rotation of JaVale McGee (10 pts, 13 reb) and Dwight Howard (9 pts, 9 reb) toyed with the undersized Warriors bigs.
Maybe this has something to do with what LeBron wore in his first game back since missing the 2019 playoffs:
In what can described as truly fit for a King, James laced the Nike LeBron 16 Low x Titan "Agimat," complete with Sharpied names of his family members.
He finished with 15 points and eight assists in only 18 minutes of play. More importantly, the positive energy seemed to have rubbed off on his less-heralded teammates (Troy Daniels 14 pts, Alex Caruso 10 pts, 6 ast).
The Lakers will need more than sneaker mysticism and 30 percent three-point shooting when the regular season gets underway in a couple of weeks time.