LeBron James shows flashes of what's to come in Lakers preseason debut

LeBron James made his Los Angeles Lakers debut Sunday, and people were excited to see what he would bring to the revamped team. While James’ numbers didn’t jump off the page, he showed flashes of what’s to come once the regular season gets going.

James scored nine points in 15 minutes during his preseason debut. He went 2-6 from the field, hitting two three-pointers. He also went 3-4 from the free-throw line against the Denver Nuggets.

James didn’t wait too long to pick up his first basket as a Laker. With the game tied 6-6 early, he drilled a three-pointer to give the team an early lead. The Lakers went on to lose the contest 124-107.

James’ biggest highlights had nothing to do with offense. Instead, he showed off his court vision with two excellent passes.

That was pretty much it. James’ day was done after the second quarter.

While it wasn’t an eye-popping debut, it didn’t really need to be. Everyone knows what James can do. He’s put up exceptional numbers over his 15-year career. There’s no reason to think a drop-off is coming now.

Even if it was just a tune-up, James gave Lakers fans a glimpse at what’s coming when the games actually matter. For Lakers fans, Oct. 18 can’t come soon enough.

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Sep 30, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) runs onto the court for the first time before a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after being called for a foul during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers comes around a screen from Kyle Kuzma #0 during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sep 30, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) looks on during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23, Rajon Rondo #9, JaVale McGee #7 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk after a stop in play during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass in front of Will Barton #5 and Mason Plumlee #24 of the Denver Nuggets during a preseason game at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles waits during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his foul during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Shoes of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers worn during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles waits during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sep 30, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) speaks to the media following the game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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