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Lamar's talk with the Lakers came less than 24 hours after the team loss their season opener to the Portland Trailblazers 119-128, but before they make their home opener Saturday night against the Houston Rockets.

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

James has now lost all four National Basketball Association debuts during his career - including his dramatic return to Cleveland in 2014 - but believes his new team just needs time. "It takes some time to get that chemistry where you can just close your eyes and know exactly where guys are".

With the Lakers in pursuit of their 17th championship and first since the 2009-10 season, James has an opportunity to add to his legacy.

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James, who in July signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joins a roster that includes promising but untested players like 20-year-old Lonzo Ball, 21-year-old Brandon Ingram and 23-year-olds Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

"I liked our fight to get back in the game", James said. "I don't think we are going to shoot 0-for-15 again".

But it was not enough to prevent the Lakers losing to Portland for the 16th successive meeting as Damian Lillard led the way for the hosts with 28 points.

Rajon Rondo and the new-look Lakers fell short in their season-opener vs. the Trail Blazers. "To just figure out one another, figure out what we are good at, figure out what we are not so good at, how we can be better at it".