LeBron James: Lakers' Team Chemistry Not Like "Instant Oatmeal"

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

The LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers will face the tough task of deciding whether to contend for a title this season or give their young core the on-court experience they need to develop as players, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said on Thursday.

This includes his first-ever regular season game in 2003 - a 106-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings, an 88-80 loss to the Boston Celtics right after his move to the Miami Heat in 2010, then another L to the New York Knicks (95-90) upon returning to Cleveland in 2014.

Is it because the general manager who did not hire you said "to play the Warriors in their own game is a trap", when the general manager who did hire you brought you in with an eye toward mimicking that very style? "I liked the way we shared the ball as well", James said.

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In his rookie season in 2016-17, Ingram only averaged 9.4 points per game along with 4.0 rebounds, and 2.1 assists, while shooting 40.2% from the floor and 29.4% from three point range. Portland won its home opener for an NBA-record 18th straight time and ran its streak of consecutive victories over the Lakers to 16 dating to 2013.

That included four misses each from LeBron James and Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma's 1-of-7.

Like most nights for the Lakers, this will certainly be an entertaining matchup.

James appeared in the National Basketball Association finals for the eighth straight year, where the Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors.