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LeBron James has a high level of confidence in his teammates, says Rob Pelinka

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The Los Angeles Lakers added 10 new players to the roster in what was a massive revamp of the team. Most of the new players were veterans in the same age group as the star LeBron James.

Due to familiarity with his new teammates, with some of whom he has already played in the past, James has a high level of confidence in them, according to Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.

“LeBron’s been working hard, working really early in the morning and I think the thing that stands out is just his fitness level. He’s slimmed up,” Pelinka said. “We all know LeBron studies the greats and he adds things into his game. I think going into this stage of his career he’s made a decision to come back a little bit leaner and I think that’s going to translate in his explosiveness and quickness. But he’s been very locked in with his training.

“And you just get a sense he has a confidence in his teammates. He really does. I think when he looks around the locker room and sees the name plates or with the guys he’s been on the court with. You can just tell he has a high level of confidence in his teammates and what this team could accomplish this season if we all lock in.

“I think the big word is mindset what will the mindset of all these players be. We have 13 guys signed to contracts and it just feels like this group realizes that everyone’s gonna have to set a little bit of personal thing or a selfish desire aside to come together and have a mindset of how do I make the guy next to me in the locker room great. It just feels like that’s LeBron’s mindset right now with his teammates and that he has a belief.”

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