Duke in the NBA: Lakers exercise option on Brandon Ingram

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The Portland Trail Blazers crashed James' party with a 119-128 win on their home court at the Moda Center.

A red-hot start from LeBron James wasn't enough to secure the flawless start to his career as a Laker.


It was the first time James played within the competitive Western Conference, and called for patience as his new teammates learn to play together. James had 18 points and seven boards at the break for the Lakers, who shot 53.1 percent from the field despite going 0-for-12 from 3-point range. "I always kind of compare it to like instant oatmeal. It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are".

LeBron couldn't get the Lakers over the line against the Pacers.


His first came just three minutes into the first quarter, following a breakaway steal from his own half.

Minutes after National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James walked off the court Thursday night following his highly anticipated debut in purple and gold, the four-time MVP shared the key ingredient necessary to resuscitate the legendary but languishing Los Angeles Lakers: Oatmeal. When playing the Trail Blazers, most of the focus will be on Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Unsurprisingly, LeBron said it's going to take a little while, and he explained why by using an oatmeal analogy.


His game was not flawless, however, as James went 0-4 on three-pointers and notched six turnovers. "Those are things that as we all continue to work with one another, we will get better".

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