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Magic already excited by LeBron's impact

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Magic Johnson can already see LeBron James' impact on the young Los Angeles Lakers before they've even had a regular practice together.

After just a few weeks of unusually competitive offseason scrimmages, the Lakers' basketball boss can't wait to see how James' leadership will translate into real success.

Magic and general manager Rob Pelinka on Thursday pronounced themselves thrilled with the offseason progress made by their revamped roster and James, their prize free-agent acquisition. The Lakers have been working out together informally at the club's training complex ahead of the start of training camp Tuesday, and Johnson likes what he sees so far.

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