Duke in the NBA: Lakers exercise option on Brandon Ingram

Annette Crawford
October 19, 2018

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 Trail Blazers won the fourth quarter 35-28 and with it the game, 128-119, much to the delight of a raucous Portland crowd.

It was the first time James played within the competitive Western Conference, and called for patience as his new teammates learn to play together. In fact, he did it with a bang on two different slam dunks in the first three minutes of the game.

"It's not instant oatmeal". Chemistry does take time to develop in the National Basketball Association, and without a set rotation yet, the Lakers will have to get used to one another.

While the points per game average might not rise for Ingram this season due to James commanding most of the shots in the Lakers offense, the biggest sense of growth and improvement for Ingram will show in his efficiency numbers as well as his shooting percentages.

The Portland Trail Blazers know who they are and what they want to do - they return mostly the same core players, led by All-Stars Damian Lillard and C.J.

"We had some good, we had some bad, which is to be expected in game one", LeBron said after the loss.

James signed a mega four-year contract with the Lakers after calling time on his second spell with the Cleveland Cavaliers and entering free agency. The surprise came from Nik Stauskas, who was 5-of-8 from three on his way to 24 points on the night.

He will have the chance to make amends on Saturday, with the Lakers hosting the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center.

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