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There’s a mural in L.A. of Alex Caruso dunking over Harden, Leonard, Doncic

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It’s hard to overstate how popular Alex Caruso is in Los Angeles. Seriously. This isn’t just cult status popular, when he enters the game off the bench Staples Center explodes in cheers like LeBron James just fed Anthony Davis for an alley-oop.

Now Caruso has his own mural in Los Angeles.

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This is legit, it’s on the side of SportieLA, a clothing/apparel store on Melrose Ave. in the trendy heart of Los Angeles. Artist Gustavo Zermeño Jr. has done murals in the past for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and other Los Angeles sports icons such as Vin Scully.

This one plays off a huge Caruso dunk from earlier this month when Dallas’ Maxi Kleber was the victim.

It’s good to be Alex Caruso in Los Angeles right now.

Alex Caruso on getting chest-bumped by LeBron James: ‘He doesn’t understand the physics of that’

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Alex Caruso (6-foot-5, 186 pounds) isn’t as big and strong as he looks in the pictures.

LeBron James (6-foot-8, 250 pounds)… is.

Bill Oram of The Athletic:

We knew the Lakers would be fun with LeBron and Anthony Davis.

But who realized Alex Caruso would add so much enjoyment?

Alex Caruso catches a body, throws down over Dallas’ Maxi Kleber

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The legend of Alex Caruso — the bald mamba — continues to grow.

Friday night, Dallas big man Maxi Kleber became part of the legend — and a poster — when he tried to block a Caruso dunk.

How much as the legend of Caruso grown? Well, great recognizes great:

There is no stopping Alex Caruso. Just ask Kleber.

The Lakers went on to beat the Mavericks in overtime behind a monster game from LeBron James, one he needed to have to beat the monster game from Luka Doncic.

Lakers’ Alex Caruso says he got ‘random’ drug test after fake photos went viral

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The Lakers have a player who looks so muscular and athletic, he strikes fear across the NBA.

They also have LeBron James.

Their other intimidating player: Fake Alex Caruso.

The Lakers tweeted these workout photos:

Which prompted this fake version that went viral:

And, according to Caruso, led to a “random” drug test:

I believe the drug test was random.

But am I totally convinced beyond all doubt? No.

Report: Lakers to make LeBron James starting point guard

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The Lakers pitched LeBron James on playing more off the ball.

That plan predictably flopped.

His supporting cast was lacking. Though he indicated a desire to spend more time off the ball, when push came to shove, LeBron took over. Just like always.

This year, there won’t be any pretenses.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are heading into the 2019-20 season with the intention of starting LeBron James at point guard, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Lakers’ other options at starting point guard:

So, LeBron will now fill a position of need while opening a starting forward spot that can be filled by someone better than those other point guards. The Lakers could start Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Kyle Kuzma in the frontcourt. But who besides Danny Green will defend opposing guards?

The Lakers could also start Green and either Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Avery Bradley in a three-guard lineup with LeBron running the point but defending a forward. At that point, there wouldn’t be a massive difference in LeBron’s role relative to what he has always done.

No matter what, the offense will run through LeBron. By naming LeBron point guard, the Lakers just avoid starting another player who operates primarily with the ball. In the micro, this is a good, clarifying move.

In the macro, LeBron is 34 years old. If he’s tasked with bring up the ball and initiating the offense every time, that adds to his load. When playing forward next to a point guard, it’s easier for LeBron to defer at times.

Expect this to make the Lakers better – as long as LeBron’s health holds up.