Duke in the NBA: Lakers exercise option on Brandon Ingram

Duke in the NBA: Lakers exercise option on Brandon Ingram

LeBron James speaks to the media about his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers, a 128-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

LeBron James made an electric start to life with the Los Angeles Lakers, but his impressive performance was not enough to earn the win.

James threw down a thunderous dunk Thursday night for his first points with his new franchise. "It's not that fast", James said after the defeat. "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".

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.

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The 33-year-old signed a four-year deal with the Lakers in the summer, earning a reported $154m (£118.2m) over the term.

His game was not ideal, however, as James went 0-4 on three-pointers and notched six turnovers.

Ball came off the bench in the only preseason game the Lakers were at full strength which coincided with his return to the court from off-season knee surgery.

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. Unsurprisingly, LeBron said it's going to take a little while, and he explained why by using an oatmeal analogy.

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