Tracking...Wrap-Up: LeBron James (10/18-10-22)


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Focus: adjusting to LA, scoring/playmaking balance

TRACKING… 10/18-10/22 • @ POR, V. HOU, V. SAS

  • Final game of LeBron’s tracking… assignment ft. an OT tilt v. San Antonio

  • Also ft. this week’s Tracking… Goals, ‘Lights & Takeaway!



10/22 V. SAS • L, 143-142

DD - 32 pts (11/25 shooting), 14! dimes & 8 boards


The final game of LeBron’s tracking… assignment was a meeting with a familiar foe: Coach Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs.

One of the most thrilling early season matchups, LA & San Antonio went down to the wire - the game ended up being decided in overtime on a curl J by Patty Mills.

Til that point, LeBron experienced the highs and lows of life as a superstar in Los Angeles.

The first half saw LeBron in full distributor mode - he dished out 5 dimes, including 4 in the opening period. After the break, it was a different story - in full attack mode, he hit 7/11 field goals for 23 AND dished out 5 dimes.

Down 3 with under 15 seconds left, LeBron pulled up & cashed a triple to send it to OT! - sending Staples Center in a frenzy.

But later, in OT, he missed two clutch FTs (w/ LAL leading 142-141) setting up Mills’s go-ahead J + the potential game-winner w/ a few seconds left.

Though the end result wasn’t what he hoped, there’s still positives to takeaway from LeBron’s performances throughout the week.



  • LAL: 0-3 record

  • L. James: avg. 30 min.

  • Made just 3 triples over 3 games



  • Avg. 9+ dimes over 3 games -- Not quite. Avg. 8.3 dimes

  • Lead team in assists in all 3 games -- Nope. 1/3 games

  • 28+ points in 2 of 3 games -- Not quite. 26, 24 & 32-point games

  • Trip-dub in 1 of 3 games -- Nope. Closest: 32, 14 & 8 dimes v. SAS

  • 3-0 record for tracking… period -- Nope. 0-3


Goals Completed: 0/5 :/



Overall, the first week of LeBron’s Laker career was promising despite obvious missteps in the win column.

Throughout the tracking… period, the focus was on adjusting to his new environment/teammates/coaching staff + the balance between scoring & playmaking.

In games 1-2, LeBron seemed to take his time from an aggression standpoint.

Game 3, however, was a different story - early season-highs of 32 pts & 14! dimes highlighted his comfortability doing what he does best: giving his team a chance to win. And though LA dropped all 3 contests this past week (all v. Western Conference playoff teams), they were in prime position* to capture each one.

*aka the LeBron effect



Tracking Complete.

A couple lineup changes here and there…LA won’t have much trouble staying in and later, closing out games. Coach Luke Walton must find a unit capable of defending the perimeter and limiting penetration (at the very least) - must prioritize due to a lack of size on the interior, or else teams will continue to feast around the basket.

From a statistical standpoint, the only (early) cause for concern is LeBron’s lack of efficiency from downtown. Still, it’s a shot he can’t ignore with the changing of the guard around the league - look for his three ball to bounce back after getting into a better rhythm the next few weeks.

An 0-3 start isn’t a damning omen for this year’s Lakers. A mixed group (veterans + “prospects”) w/ lofty expectations, we should know more about the state of the franchise during our revisit** sometime in the near future.

**Tracking…LeBron James (Pt. 2) coming soon!


Tracking Complete.