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

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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.

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.

And Smith says James needed to do more to counter Portland's attack. It's not that fast. As expected, they struggled on the defensive end as well as with their outside shooting, going just 7-of-30 on 3-pointers. "It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are".

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There will be overreactions to every National Basketball Association game after the first week, and some are more obvious than others, such as LeBron and others figuring out each other's tendencies. "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".

"Um, not as fast as you guys think it's going to happen", James said when asked how long it will take for the Lakers' chemistry to develop.

With the Lakers, James has joined a revamped group that includes veterans Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley - as well as a young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and rookie Moe Wagner. Unsurprisingly, LeBron said it's going to take a little while, and he explained why by using an oatmeal analogy.

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The Lakers face the Houston Rockets on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action, when the Staples Center will be packed to the rafters.

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