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Veteran big man Channing Frye knows first-hand the pressure and spotlight that comes with being a teammate of LeBron James.
Frye and James played together with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Frye learned pretty quickly that James demands a great deal from his teammates. Frye played in nine games with the Los Angeles Lakers this past season and was impressed with the talent level of the team’s young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.
The 35-year-old, who signed a one-year deal with the Cavs this summer, believes the Lakers’ young core can be very special, but will have to adjust to playing with the best player in the world.
“I’ll tell you this: They’re arguably the most talented group in the NBA,” Frye told Erik Garcia Gunderson of LeBron Wire. “I think the thing they’re going to come to realize is that there’s who you expect to be, and then who you are when you play with LeBron. It’s two different things. I don’t know if they truly understand what it’s like to play with him because there is no room for mistakes.
“In all actuality, he could do it himself. He could lead a team to 40 wins by himself. I think for all of them, they’re going to have to have a reality check, not only them but the people around them. The Lakers last year, they really established how they were going to play. We’re going to play fast, we’re going to play together, we’re going to play defense. But now you’ve got LeBron, you’ve got [Rajon] Rondo, you’ve got all these guys. It’s not like let’s go party in LA now. It’s lets stay in and get some sleep.
“So get ready for that. Get ready for all that attention that comes with LeBron and all the responsibility. Get ready to try and deal with getting popular, getting invited to everything. If you have 1 million followers, get ready to have 2. If you have 2, get ready to have 4. Get ready to get invited to literally everything in LA because you’re now the hottest ticket in LA. Find that medium.”