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

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James tallied 26 points, 12 rebounds six assists on a much anticipated debut, but his team still slipped to a 128-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

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.

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. "I always kind of compare it to like instant oatmeal". "It takes some time to get that chemistry where you can just close your eyes and know exactly where guys are". 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.

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

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Lillard scored 28 points, McCollum chipped in 21 points, and Jusuf Nuric added 16 points and nine rebounds in just 17 minutes for the Trail Blazers.

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

LeBron got things started quickly with 18 of his team-high 26 points coming in the first-half, including a pair of tomahawk slams for his first Lakers buckets, but had a weird second half where he seemed passive and deferred to his teammates. "Those are things that as we all continue to work with one another, we will get better".

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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