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

LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers

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.

James says the Lakeshow will need time to fully jell. James' jam came just two-plus minutes into his debut with the Lakers, and the National Basketball Association marked the occasion artistically on Twitter. "It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are". Portland won their home opener for an NBA-record 18th straight time and extended their streak of consecutive victories over the Lakers to 16 dating back to 2013.

"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.

James threw down a thunderous dunk Thursday night for his first points with his new franchise.

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

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Lakers coach Luke Walton tried a variety of lineups in the season opener, using James at one point with the four one-year Lakers signings of Rondo, Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee.

"It (is) going to take patience from our team, from all of us", James said.

It's just one game, but if that trend continues, it's not a good one.

"We're literally less than a month in", James said of the team since training camp started at the end of September. "We talked about those are things we get better at".

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