LeBron James not anxious despite loss in Los Angeles Lakers debut

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James played his first regular season game with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

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The LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers will face the tough task of deciding whether to contend for a title this season or give their young core the on-court experience they need to develop as players, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said on Thursday.

According to The Undefeated's Marc Spears, Rondo can't help but recall how long it took for everybody to connect as a team back in his younger days with the Boston Celtics. The 16-time champion franchise added Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Javale McGee, and Michael Beasley; all signed with single-year contracts.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, top, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner. Although the Lakers fast-paced offensive attack worked reasonably well, it wasn't enough to pull off the win on the road. And if there's one player who isn't panicked after one guy, It's LeBron James.

LA's home opener is Saturday against the Houston Rockets. But something that could potentially be overlooked by many is his ability to form team chemistry with the rest of his Laker teammates. Getting off to a slow start in the West could be unsafe given the number of teams oozing with talent that will battle it out all year for playoff positioning.

The Blazers continue to win against the Lakers, so fans should feel confident making posters like these. But expectations should not be set too high because as I mentioned previously, the Western Conference is deep and the competition is tougher than what James faced in the East last season. As for the playoffs?

"It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are", he told reporters after his Lakers debut.

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