Through three summer league games in Las Vegas, the Lakers (1-2) have drawn record ratings on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
The team's Friday debut against the
The numbers dipped slightly Saturday in the Lakers' 68-60 win over center Jahlil Okafor (third overall pick) and the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging a 1.23 household rating.
The numbers climbed to 1.29 during a difficult 76-66 loss to fourth overall pick Kristaps Porzingis and the
Last year's summer squad averaged a relatively scant 0.27 rating per household. Throughout the Lakers' 2014-15 regular season (21-61), the team averaged 1.55.
The Lakers will play their first game of the
Thus far, Russell has struggled, shooting 33.3% from the field with 6.7 turnovers a game.
Second-year forward Julius Randle, who missed almost his entire rookie season with a broken leg, is averaging 9.0 points a game while shooting 29.4%.