A pair of monster dunks marked the start of LeBron James's career as a Laker, but despite James's individual efforts, Los Angeles was not able to pull it all together for a win in their season opener against the Portland Trail Blazers.
As the Lakers are set to embark on a journey that they hope will land them in the playoff this April, they will need to have contributions from their young core, led by Brandon Ingram, to help LeBron James carry the load in Los Angeles.
Despite James himself saying the Lakers are a long way from challenging the Golden State Warriors, fellow analyst Kenny Smith said the Lakers are in "win now" mode.
"I always compare it to instant oatmeal, it's not that fast, it takes a while for the chemistry to get to where you could close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are".
"Obviously the numbers were impressive - 26 (points), 12 (rebounds) and 6 (assists)".
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.
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The four-time MVP's points tally was the joint-second best on debut for the team, just one short of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record.
Following the 128-119 loss to the Trail Blazers, James was asked how long it will take for the Lakers' chemistry to develop.
Second year guard Lonzo Ball echoed James's sentiments.
"Glad he's on our team", Luke Walton said. "We talked about those are things we get better at".
He will have the chance to make amends on Saturday, with the Lakers hosting the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center.