LeBron James loses in LA Lakers debut despite sensational start

Luke Walton finally faces the pressure and scrutiny of being Lakers head coach

Luke Walton finally faces the pressure and scrutiny of being Lakers head coach

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.

James signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the Lakers last July, upending the NBA's landscape and transforming the recently hapless franchise into instant contenders.

With James joining the team, the Lakers are certainly dealing with greater scrutiny with a huge media contingent on hand for his debut.

"They are going to have a lot of internal conflict", said Barkley, who is now an analyst for broadcaster TNT.

Along with Ingram, the Lakers also exercised the option of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart, locking up their young core for the next couple of years. Then the winning streaks came and they went on to the Finals as well.

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"We're literally less than a month in", James said of the team since training camp started at the end of September.

Learning to play as a cohesive unit is a process that happens "not as fast as you guys think it's going to happen", James said, according to ESPN. Seems like it could be about the Lakers, his former team. "I want to win championships and putting my mind into that and thinking about it". They are not going to win. Lakers ticket sales outpaced those of the Golden State Warriors, the NBA's defending champions, by 130 percent.

"The young guys aren't ready yet". Here are a few takeaways from the loss to the Trail Blazers.

Lakers: Lakers coach Luke Walton said Ball would continue to be on a playing-time restriction after having an off-season procedure on his knee.

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