James delivers but Portland spoil Lakers debut | Sports , Basketball

20 October, 2018, 13:58 | Author: Amy Huff
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RJ Bell and the Straight Outta Vegas crew break down LeBron James' mentality going into this season and how his game by game intentions effect the Lakers' future odds. He won a championship back in 2016 with Cleveland, the first in Cavs' history and first professional sports championship in the city since 1964.

Aside from the usual "Beat LA!" chants shouted throughout the building, some particularly inspired Blazers fans made posters tailored towards trolling LeBron James and Lonzo Ball.

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According to The Undefeated's Marc Spears, Rondo can't help but recall how long it took for everybody to connect as a team back in his younger days with the Boston Celtics. And if there's one player who isn't panicked after one guy, It's LeBron James.

But the Lakers have also surrounded the three-time National Basketball Association champion with veterans Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and Javale McGee.

Standout performances from Damian Lillard and debutant Nik Stauskas ensured Portland's improbable 16th consecutive win over the Lakers, a record dating back to 2014.

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, top, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner.

Damian Lillard had 28 points and Nik Stauskas scored 24 points off the bench for Portland, which won its National Basketball Association record 18th straight home opener. Remember when James took his talents to South Beach with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh?

He has played in every NBA Finals since 2010, also winning titles in 2012 and 2013 with the Miami Heat. Getting off to a slow start in the West could be risky given the number of teams oozing with talent that will battle it out all year for playoff positioning.

"They make me happy and they are saying I am the best thing that happened to LA since Kobe Bryant retired".

Last season, James averaged 27.5 points, a career-high 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds. There's plenty of time for the Lakers to get it right. "It takes some time to get that chemistry where you can just close your eyes and know exactly where guys are".

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