Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Portland Trail Blazers spoil LeBron James' debut for the Los Angeles Lakers

Portland Trail Blazers spoil LeBron James' debut for the Los Angeles Lakers

Despite James himself saying the Lakers are a long way from challenging the Golden State Warriors, fellow analyst Kenny Smith said the Lakers are in "win now" mode.

And we also caught up with Doc Rivers, head coach of the Lakers' city rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers, for his thoughts on LeBron's arrival.

James called for patience as the Lakers gel after they were consigned to a 128-119 defeat on Thursday.

"It's not instant oatmeal".

LeBron James scored 26 points on his National Basketball Association debut for the LA Lakers who slipped to a 128-119 loss by the Portland Trail Blazers in their season opener. After five years of rebuilding through the NBA Draft, the Lakers changed the landscape when they signed James to a four-year, $154 million contract.

The four-time MVP's total, the second highest scored by a Lakers debutant, included 12 rebounds and six assists.

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Click on the video at the top of the page to see what people make of LeBron's arrival in Los Angeles. It's just the first game.

But it was not enough to prevent the Lakers losing to Portland for the 16th successive meeting as Damian Lillard led the way for the hosts with 28 points.

Following LeBron James' regular season debut with the Los Angeles Lakers, the King has now fallen to an eye-opening 0-4 record when joining a new team. "Those are things that as we all continue to work with one another, we will get better".

LeBron James said the team needed to work on its chemistry and it would take time to develop.

The Lakers host the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center for their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 20.

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