Friday, 18 October, 2019

Takeaways from loss to Trail Blazers

LeBron James and Luke Walton LeBron James and Luke Walton
Shannon Reynolds | 19 October, 2018, 22:41

LeBron James didn't take long to set the tone for his season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

It was the first time James played within the competitive Western Conference, and called for patience as his new teammates learn to play together. "It's not that fast", James said. "It takes some time to get that chemistry where you can just close your eyes and know exactly where guys are".

His debut was a good one, James scoring 26 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, as well as dishing out six assists.

This includes his first-ever regular season game in 2003 - a 106-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings, an 88-80 loss to the Boston Celtics right after his move to the Miami Heat in 2010, then another L to the New York Knicks (95-90) upon returning to Cleveland in 2014.

His game was not ideal, however, as James went 0-4 on three-pointers and notched six turnovers.

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James has now lost all four National Basketball Association debuts during his career - including his dramatic return to Cleveland in 2014 - but believes his new team just needs time. Portland pulled away in the fourth to secure a 128-119 victory behind Damian Lillard's game-high 28 points and C.J. McCollum's 21.

The four-time MVP's points tally was the joint-second best on debut for the team, just one short of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record.

There's still a long way to go before we can compare the "Meme Team" to the classic Showtime Lakers, but if James has anything to say about it, the Lakers will be heard from this season.

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

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