Duke in the NBA: Lakers exercise option on Brandon Ingram

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LeBron got things started quickly with 18 of his team-high 26 points coming in the first-half, including a pair of tomahawk slams for his first Lakers buckets, but had a weird second half where he seemed passive and deferred to his teammates. "It's not that fast", James said. "I always kind of compare it to like instant oatmeal".

LeBron James didn't take long to set the tone for his season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Chemistry does take time to develop in the National Basketball Association, and without a set rotation yet, the Lakers will have to get used to one another.

In a move that was telegraphed for much of the week and should come as no surprised, Lonzo Ball will not start tonight's regular-season opener in Portland against the Trail Blazers.

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When James signed his four-year, $153 million deal with the Lakers this offseason, he knew there would be growing pains - aches James still seems to be adjusting to after playing in the NBA Finals each of the last eight seasons.

"Leadership is not a sometimes thing, it's an everyday thing, all day", he said, according to Sports Illustrated. [Rajon] Rondo had a couple where he drove baseline and JaVale [McGee] thought it was going to him, it was going to me, he knocked the ball out of bounds.

James opened the game with 13 points in the first quarter on the back of 5/6 from the field but was ice-cold in the second (five points) and third quarters (zero), shooting 1/5 from the field and 0/2 from three-point range.