LeBron James says Los Angeles Lakers' chemistry will take time to develop

Dean Simpson
October 20, 2018

LeBron James didn't take long to set the tone for his season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Six Lakers reached double-figures on the night, with the team doing most of its damage on the inside as they scored 70 points in the paint.

James has now lost all four National Basketball Association debuts during his career - including his dramatic return to Cleveland in 2014 - but believes his new team just needs time.

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.

"Um, not as fast as you guys think it's going to happen", James said. "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".

In a move that was telegraphed for much of the week and should come as no surprised, Lonzo Ball will not start tonight's regular-season opener in Portland against the Trail Blazers.

Lillard finished with a game-high 28 points as he and shooting guard CJ McCollum (21 points) ran riot for the Trail Blazers in the second half.

It's just one game, but if that trend continues, it's not a good one. "It's a good first test for us, to be in a building where they haven't lost (a home opener) in the 2000s".

When James returned to Cleveland after his first stint there, the Cavaliers opened 19-20 under David Blatt before winning 12 straight, finishing 53-29 and making the first of four straight NBA Finals.

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