Griffin: James being at Lakers’ summer-league game ‘invaluable’

David Griffin says LeBron James showing up at Lakers' summer-league games is "invaluable."

LeBron James showed up, sporting gold shorts with “Lakers” splashed across the front, for his new team’s Las Vegas Summer League quarterfinal against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Thomas & Mack Center.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, appearing on NBA TV, said having James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and three-time champion, appear courtside an interact with some of his possible future teammates is invaluable to the young guys on the Lakers’ summer-league squad.

“Yeah, I think it’s really meaningful for your young guys to get an opportunity to be around LeBron,” Griffin said. “For him to share with them what he anticipates from them. What he’s excited about in each of their games.”

Griffin, who built the roster in Cleveland that won the 2016 NBA championship and played in three consecutive Finals, said James’ work ethic will have an influence on his new teammates.

“LeBron is, above all things, a worker. He is obsessed with getting better in the offseason,” Griffin said. “And he’s going to bring those young kids into the fold. And so this is a good opportunity for them to spend some face time with one another.”