Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton meets with LeBron James

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton meets with LeBron James

Every move executed by LeBron James is closely monitored and his recent appearance in Las Vegas to watch the Los Angeles Lakers participate in an NBA Summer League game was a spectacular reminder of his gravity.

So while it will definitely be a new challenge for Walton to coach the best basketball player in the world, it sounds like he's doing his homework before the season starts.

James announced he was leaving the Cavaliers and signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers when free agency began July 1.

But Walton told ESPN he's been encouraged by their early communication. He reportedly had "zero contact" with Walton prior to joining Los Angeles.

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While many teams have rapidly built themselves into contenders this season (see: Lakers), more than a few teams are poised to regress.

This was the first game that James has attended at this year's summer league, and he stayed in his seat on the baseline the whole game. He increased those numbers to 34 points and 9.1 rebounds during Cleveland's run to the NBA Finals, where it was swept by the Warriors.

Walton, who was selected in the same draft as James, has reached out to several people with ties to the four-time MVP.

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