Portland Trail Blazers spoil LeBron James' debut for the Los Angeles Lakers

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"I always kind of compare it to like instant oatmeal".

In the two other times James has debuted with a new team, it took a while for him and his new teammates to jell.

After five years of rebuilding through the NBA Draft, the Lakers changed the landscape when they signed James to a four-year, $154 million contract. James' jam came just two-plus minutes into his debut with the Lakers, and the National Basketball Association marked the occasion artistically on Twitter. "I had one in the fourth quarter, I expected Kuz [Kyle Kuzma] to pop, he rolled, I threw it out of bounds", James said about one of his six turnovers.

The four-time MVP wasted little time in whipping his fans into an early frenzy with back-to-back tomahawk dunks - a fitting way to record his first points for the Lakers.

"We knew it was LeBron's first game (as a Laker). I think that's going to create a lot of turmoil".

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For now, most expect Lakers coach Luke Walton's starting lineup to include young guns Hart and Ingram alongside veterans Rondo, McGee and James.

After the LeBron Lakers era got off to an emphatic start, L.A.'s defense couldn't contain the Trail Blazers' dynamic backcourt duo, as Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum spoiled James' premiere to lead Portland to a 128-119 victory at the Moda Center.

"It (is) going to take patience from our team, from all of us", James said. "We talked about those are things we get better at".

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

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