LeBron James sits courtside for Lakers-Pistons at summer league

LeBron enjoys watching the Lakers play (0:57)

LeBron James sits courtside for the Pistons-Lakers game and appears impressed with his new team's performance in the win. (0:57)

In purple and gold shorts, LeBron James strolled to his courtside seat just before tipoff of the Los Angeles Lakers-Detroit Pistons matchup at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

It's the first time that LeBron has seen his new team in action since signing his four-year, $153.3 million deal.

Lakers fans gave the three-time NBA champion a standing ovation, and the Lakers' young summer league roster responded to the King being in attendance with a 33-14 first quarter, which included these LeBron-approved plays from Josh Hart and the aptly-named Nick King:


LeBron appreciates Hart's steal and finish

Josh Hart comes up with a steal and banks in a tough layup, and LeBron James claps to show his appreciation.


Nick King beats the buzzer in front of King James

Lakers rookie Nick King knocks down a jumper to beat the first-quarter buzzer right in front of LeBron James, who likes what he sees.

Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, also in attendance in Vegas, made sure to show his new teammate some love before heading to his seat.

The highlights continued under LeBron's watch, as Alex Caruso's four-point play got King James pumped just before halftime.


LeBron hyped after Caruso's 4-point play

Alex Caruso drains a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left while drawing a foul and LeBron James is pumped up.

Yes, even in summer league, the LeBron effect is already working wonders for the Lakers.