LeBron James suffers loss in first game with Los Angeles Lakers

Jo Caldwell
October 20, 2018

But it will all become officially official Thursday night when James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and the best player of his generation, makes his regular-season debut for the Lakers when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers.

James had 18 points but collected a third foul with 6:04 left in the half.

"I'm a Cavaliers fan, but I'm more of a LeBron fan". After it fell, he turned to the crowd and pounded his chest. As we saw past year with James and the Cavs, one player can only take you so far and in a stacked West it will be hard for one player to get the Lakers all the way to the NBA Finals.

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The Los Angeles Lakers may need time to figure things out. Los Angeles made 7 of 30 3-point attempts. The real story for the Blazers was the impressive play of the bench squad as a whole.

Ibrahimovic, 37, has scored 21 goals in 25 games to give LA Galaxy a shot at the playoffs but admits a January loan move to a European club may be a little too much after the MLS season finishes. Which is why a lot of people will be tuning in to watch Thursday's game with great interest: What, exactly, will this team look like?

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Lamar was slated to talk to the team a year ago, but a scheduling conflict delayed it until Friday. "It's not that fast", he said of his new team's hopes of a title. Even though LeBron James excels in the half court and has never finished the season on a Top 10 pace team, Walton and his staff know how devastating LeBron is in transition and think they have the kind of athletes to support him.

"They make me happy and they are saying I am the best thing that happened to LA since Kobe Bryant retired". "In fact, we're trying to use it as something to grow a bond in our group".

The Lakers don't catch a break in game two, facing the Houston Rockets and James Harden.

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The Blazers return to the Moda Center on Saturday to host old pal Lamarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio spurs.

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