Published 9:39 PM EDT Sep 27, 2018
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The getting-to-know-you process between LeBron James and media covering the Los Angeles Lakers continues with occasional hiccups.
On Thursday, James was wearing jersey No. 6 in practice, prompting a reporter to ask why.
"I’ve worn 6 in practice a long time," James replied. "I’m starting to figure out a lot of you guys just not recognizing who I am, huh?
"You have no idea. I’ve been doing this for about the last eight years now."
James wore No. 6 during the four seasons he played for the Miami Heat and also wore No. 6 during the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
But he is expected to wear his customary No. 23 when the Los Angeles Lakers play the Denver Nuggets on Sunday in San Diego in the Lakers’ preseason opener. Lakers coach Luke Walton confirmed James will play but divulged with a smile only that James will play between one and 48 minutes.
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During a Q&A session with media Thursday James was asked about national talk suggesting that the Lakers didn't have enough shooters to support him.'that with James would be surrounded with too few shooters upon joining the Lakers.
"Do you feel that that’s wrong?" he was asked.
Replied James, "I’m the last person to ask about what people say. You hear me say that a lot."
When it was pointed out that the Lakers finished last season ranked 29th in shooting, James replied, "They was top five in fast-break points too."
James also was asked what has been the biggest difference from the move to Miami from Cleveland, back to Cleveland and now to Los Angeles.
"I don’t know," James said. "I live in the present, so today was a great day for our ballclub and we want to try to continue to development."
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