LeBron James announced his arrival to the Lakers with a thunderous dunk

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"It's not instant oatmeal".

James tallied 26 points, 12 rebounds six assists on a much anticipated debut, but his team still slipped to a 128-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

This was Portland's 16th successive win over the 16-time National Basketball Association champions, dating back to 2013.

Despite James himself saying the Lakers are a long way from challenging the Golden State Warriors, fellow analyst Kenny Smith said the Lakers are in "win now" mode. It's not that fast. After taking an early lead, James watched the Lakers go 0-for-15 on 3-point attempts until shooting guard Josh Hart scored a three with just 2:22 left in the third. "It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are".

LeBron James said the team needed to work on its chemistry and it would take time to develop.

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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.

The four-time MVP's points tally was the joint-second best on debut for the team, just one short of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record. In practice building up to Thursday's contest against Portland, Ball was scrimmaging with the second unit with the first unit consisting of Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, LeBron James and JaVale McGee.

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The Lakers host the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center for their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 20. Tip off is set for 10:30 p.m. ET.

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