LeBron James Encouraged By First Game With Lakers

Lynette Rowe
October 19, 2018

Bron finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six turnovers in a 128-119 loss to the Trail Blazers.

As the Lakers are set to embark on a journey that they hope will land them in the playoff this April, they will need to have contributions from their young core, led by Brandon Ingram, to help LeBron James carry the load in Los Angeles.

"Every step along the path is always different and challenging in its own right", James said of starting a new season with a new franchise.

"It's not instant oatmeal".

When James signed his four-year, $153 million deal with the Lakers this offseason, he knew there would be growing pains - aches James still seems to be adjusting to after playing in the NBA Finals each of the last eight seasons.

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The four-time MVP wasted little time in whipping his fans into an early frenzy with back-to-back tomahawk dunks - a fitting way to record his first points for the Lakers. It's just the first game. He added a follow-up 19 seconds later with a one-handed effort.

This was Portland's 16th successive win over the 16-time National Basketball Association champions, dating back to 2013.

Damian Lillard scored 28 points for Portland and Nik Stauskas matched his career high with 24, on his debut. They're banking on the notion that LeBron's star power will supersede the later start times, even pointing to social media as a better barometer for whether people are watching than the more traditional rating system.

"Glad he's on our team", Luke Walton said. "Us just trying to get a feel for one another".

The Lakers face the Houston Rockets on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action, when the Staples Center will be packed to the rafters.

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