The Lakers have missed the playoffs the last five years, but they are expected to be more competitive with the addition of LeBron James and a young core of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball.
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The four-time MVP victor scored 26 points on his first competitive start for Los Angeles on Friday but it was not enough to prevent his side losing 128-119 to the Portland Trail Blazers in their opening match of the season.
A major lack of defense by the Lakers allowed for the Trail Blazers to put up 128 points.
The Pakistan star Australia never saw coming
Australian opener Usman Khawaja could not bat after suffering a recurrence of a knee injury during practice on Thursday. Sarfraz was on 33 in Pakistan's second innings on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi when a Peter Siddle bouncer struck his helmet.
The night Lakers fans have long awaited is now finally here as LeBron James will throw on a Lakers jersey for his first regular season game with his new team when they face the Portland Trailblazers tonight.
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. Lakers guard, Rajon Rondo approached the topic after the game and related to his past experiences when he was still a young player in the league. "We have to learn guys' strengths and weaknesses and we have to play to it".
"Are they an old team or a young team?"
James opted out of his contract with Cleveland in the offseason and agreed to a four-year deal worth $154 million with the Lakers. But something that could potentially be overlooked by many is his ability to form team chemistry with the rest of his Laker teammates. "It's not like instant oatmeal". But with "The King" at the helm, Bryant is believes that making it back to post-season basketball is a sure thing for the Lakers. Who is going to be playing?