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

Heather Diaz
October 19, 2018

The Lakers have lost 16 straight games to the Blazers, and the addition of LeBron James was not enough to eradicate that losing streak in his first game with the Lakers. The win is also Portland's 18th straight opening night win which is a National Basketball Association record.

He finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists from 37 minutes of game time. Josh Hart had 20 points for the Lakers, who got 13 points and 11 assists from Rajon Rondo in his team debut.

"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.

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

If you are a Los Angeles Lakers fan do not panic.

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Asked if he had a fitness update, Klopp told his pre-match press conference: "Not really". The hope is he will play some part against Arsenal in Liverpool's first game of November.

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.

In Washington, Kelly Olynyk followed up Dwyane Wade's miss with 0.2 second remaining, and the visiting Miami Heat defeated the Wizards 113-112. How about that team chemistry?

"Um, not as fast as you guys think it's going to happen", James said when asked how long it will take for the Lakers' chemistry to develop. It is not that fast. However, there are definitely things that have to get better.

In a move that was telegraphed for much of the week and should come as no surprised, Lonzo Ball will not start tonight's regular-season opener in Portland against the Trail Blazers.

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