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LeBron James showed up at his first Lakers Las Vegas Summer League game and likes what he’s seeing

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LeBron James made his debut at a Lakers game, and the roster seemed to get a boost from his presence. He also said what’s up to Brandon Ingram, who was also in attendance.

2018 NBA Summer League - Las Vegas - Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

LeBron James wasn’t expected to make many public appearances this month after signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, but he just couldn’t stay away from his new team, and showed up at their Las Vegas Summer League game against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

The LeBron hype machine is in full effect already, with broadcasters Mychal Thompson and Bill Macdonald joking about the endless cutaways that Spectrum Sportsnet was making to James.

Social media wasn’t much different, ready to document all of LeBron’s first moments in a Lakers uniform (or at least the $500 shorts half of it):

And it’s not just the shorts: James is ready to rock some fire Lakers-colored kicks as well, even showing them off on Instagram:

The Lakers actually on the floor were seemingly energized by the King’s presence, starting the game on a 14-3 run run and impressing James with their strong play throughout the first half:

James also took the time to say what’s up to a few of his new teammates, dapping up Josh Hartwho is very excited to play alongside James — and saying hello to Brandon Ingram, who also made an overshadowed appearance courtside:

Speaking of Ingram, Kyle Kuzma had a bit of fun with the third-year forward’s new haircut on Twitter:

Getting back to James, if it didn’t seem real enough that he had joined the Lakers before, it should certainly feel real now. Not all veterans show up to watch their young future teammates suit up in Las Vegas Summer League, and superstars of James’ ilk almost never do.

The fact that he and so many other Lakers that aren’t playing have still been around the team is a great sign for the Lakers’ culture moving forward, and the team’s chemistry seems to be off to a great start.

You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen.