LeBron James loses in LA Lakers debut despite sensational start

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Three-time National Basketball Association champion James scored 26 points - the second most by a Lakers debutant - in his first regular season game since leaving hometown team the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in the summer.

Bron finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six turnovers in a 128-119 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Instant oatmeal, to be specific.

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There's still a long way to go before we can compare the "Meme Team" to the classic Showtime Lakers, but if James has anything to say about it, the Lakers will be heard from this season.

Since the Lakers have a ton of new players, many aren't expecting them to get off to the best start. "It takes some time to get that chemistry where you can just close your eyes and know exactly where guys are".

"Leadership is not a sometimes thing, it's an everyday thing, all day", he said, according to Sports Illustrated. I liked the way we competed at times.

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LeBron James was true to nature with an efficient 9-of-14 shooting night, but failed to connect from deep (0-for-4) and coughed the ball up six times in his debut in purple and gold. Josh Hart had 20 points for the Lakers, who got 13 points and 11 assists from Rajon Rondo in his team debut.

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.

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