Lebron James, the highest-paid NBA player of all time, lost in his first game with his new team the LA Lakers.
The basketball star, who moved to Los Angeles from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer on a four-year, $154m (£118m) deal, scored 26 points, but the team were beaten 128-119 by the Portland Trail Blazers.
The three-time NBA winner said it is too early to be concerned by the overnight defeat at the Moda Centre.
“It’s not instant oatmeal. It’s not that fast. It takes some time to get that chemistry where you can just
close your eyes and know exactly where guys are,” James, 33, said.
“I liked our fight to get back into the game when we were down double digits. I liked the way we competed at times. I liked the way we shared the ball as well. Those were all positive. There are some things that we could do better,” he added.
James’ points haul was the highest of the game, but he has now lost all four of his team debuts in the NBA, with the Lakers defeat adding to two losses for the Cavaliers either side of a setback in his first game with the Miami Heat.
The Trail Blazers have won their last 18 consecutive opening home games and their last 16 games against the Lakers.
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