Los Angeles Lakers Acknowledge Lack of Chemistry Early On

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The Lakers opened up their season Thursday with a 128-119 loss to the Trail Blazers, but will face the Rockets on Saturday with tip-off scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET. "It's not like instant oatmeal".

For now, most expect Lakers coach Luke Walton's starting lineup to include young guns Hart and Ingram alongside veterans Rondo, McGee and James.

"I think I'm in the situation where I need to have a good balance between work and rest because I came back from injury, because of my age, and the load I'm putting in at training", he said.

On what he plans doing after retiring from active football Ibrahimovic noted: "I don't know if I can spend so much time by doing coaching or by being in that situation because it is very stressful,". Any postseason run likely won't include another trip to the Finals, but James is also facing steep odds in reaching his ninth consecutive Finals.

"There's some things that we could do better".

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"We got to be patient like teachers are", Rondo told The Undefeated.

Damian Lillard had 28 points and Nik Stauskas scored 24 points off the bench for Portland, which won its National Basketball Association record 18th straight home opener. The Blazers answered with a dunk of their own from Lillard.

The 33-year-old signed a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers in July after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It is going to be important for the Lakers to establish themselves in the West early on and winning games against playoff teams from last season to help give their young core confidence as the 82-game season rolls on. No one anticipated the play and the ball ended up bouncing harmlessly into the stands. With LeBron James on their team that will likely be the case seeing how he was able to take a Cavaliers team with nearly nothing all the way to the NBA Finals last season.