LeBron James: Lakers are not instant oatmeal

Ruben Hill
October 19, 2018

Standout performances from Damian Lillard and debutant Nik Stauskas ensured Portland's improbable 16th consecutive win over the Lakers, a record dating back to 2014.

"It's not instant oatmeal".

Learning to play as a cohesive unit is a process that happens "not as fast as you guys think it's going to happen", James said, according to ESPN.

To appreciate what happened Thursday in Portland during the Trail Blazers' 128-119 victory over LeBron James and the Lakers, you have to know what happened in a Brooklyn apartment past year. 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 sunk 26 points, nabbed 12 rebounds and dished six assists in his debut.

Last night's game does show there are ways to go for the Lakers to put their stamp on the Western Conference, as they were pounded on the glass by the Blazers, as well as the 3-point line.

It's just one game, but if that trend continues, it's not a good one.

But the Lakers have also surrounded the three-time National Basketball Association champion with veterans Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and Javale McGee. Unsurprisingly, LeBron said it's going to take a little while, and he explained why by using an oatmeal analogy. "We talked about those are things we get better at".

His first came just three minutes into the first quarter, following a breakaway steal from his own half. "It is not a big deal right now".

The Lakers face the Houston Rockets on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action, when the Staples Center will be packed to the rafters. Tip off is set for 10:30 p.m. ET.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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