How will Lakers manage minutes of star duo? 'I'm born to have workload,' LeBron James says

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USA TODAY Sports’ Trysta Krick and Mark Medina break down the questions entering this season for the Los Angeles Lakers.
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LOS ANGELES — The Lakers had no need to make much of a halftime speech. Save that for the games that count. Save that for when the Lakers actually feel tested.

So well before Los Angeles’ 126-93 preseason win over the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on Wednesday, Anthony Davis could not help but laugh with LeBron James at halftime. Before finishing with eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in his Lakers debut in Los Angeles, Davis mused that those low numbers did not matter. Not when he finished with eight assists. 

“It’s the first time in a while where I can have five or six points, whatever it was, at halftime and we’re up 30,’” Davis recalled telling James. “It feels good knowing that you don’t have to do much and everybody has a role. When you have guys all over the board who can score the basketball, you don’t need to do everything every possession.”

Make no mistake: The Lakers’ success largely hinges on James and Davis. The Lakers parted ways with a significant part of their young core two years ago to…

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