Still, without Dennis Schröder, the Los Angeles Lakers concede a bitter defeat at the start of their preparation for the new NBA season.

Still, without returnee Dennis Schröder in the line-up, the Los Angeles Lakers have conceded a bitter defeat at the start of the preparation for the new season in the professional basketball league NBA.

The team of new coach Darvin Ham lost to the Sacramento Kings 75-105.

German national team captain Schröder (29) is still waiting for his visa and is in Germany, but is not due to leave for the USA until Wednesday.

The player from Braunschweig had signed for one year with his former club shortly before winning the bronze medal at the home European Championships.

Superstar LeBron James missed all seven of his shots from the field and the four-time NBA champion scored four points from the free-throw line. Anthony Davis was the Lakers’ best scorer with eleven points.

Scotty Pippen Jr. (4 points), son of Scottie Pippen who won six titles with the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan, made his debut for the Lakers. The season begins on 18 October, with L.A. starting at the Golden State Warriors.