ESPN Isn’t Concerned About LeBron And The Lakers Being On TV Late

ESPN Isn’t Concerned About LeBron And The Lakers Being On TV Late

James signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the Lakers last July, upending the NBA's landscape and transforming the recently hapless franchise into instant contenders.

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

The Lakers begin their season on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night at 10:30 pm ET on TNT, before returning back in L.A. for the home opener against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night on ESPN.

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"I don't think you could ever have LeBron James and not try to win now", he said of the former Cleveland Cavalier and Miami Heat forward, who has appeared in eight successive NBA Finals.

With the Lakers, James has joined a revamped group that includes veterans Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley - as well as a young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and rookie Moe Wagner. I liked the way we shared the ball at times, as well.

But it was not enough to prevent the Lakers losing to Portland for the 16th successive meeting as Damian Lillard led the way for the hosts with 28 points.

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James' 26 points matched Magic Johnson's total in his Lakers' debut, and fell short of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 27 points and Elign Baylor's 35 in their first games in purple and gold, according to basketball-reference.com.

"It (is) going to take patience from our team, from all of us", James said. "Us just trying to get a feel for one another".

James says the Lakeshow will need time to fully jell. "We talked about those are things we get better at".

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