Since the Lakers have a ton of new players, many aren't expecting them to get off to the best start.
James electrified the Portland crowd with back-to-back monster slams for his first points as a Laker, but ultimately he couldn't prevent them from dropping their 16th straight game to Portland dating back to March 2014. "It's not that fast", James said after the defeat.
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.
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.
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He tells people he's the best coach, so he should now prove that. "I have a very good relationship with him, with the players". Paul Scholes has slammed Manchester United's signing of Alexis Sanchez last January, describing him as a selfish player.
The Lakers' recruitment of three-time National Basketball Association champion LeBron James turned heads given how much their recent struggles contrasted to his prowess.
"I liked our fight to get back in the game", James said. "I liked the way we shared the ball at times, as well".
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.
For now, most expect Lakers coach Luke Walton's starting lineup to include young guns Hart and Ingram alongside veterans Rondo, McGee and James. No one anticipated the play and the ball ended up bouncing harmlessly into the stands.