LeBron says Lakers chemistry is not like 'instant oatmeal'

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"It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are".

James, who in July signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joins a roster that includes promising but untested players like 20-year-old Lonzo Ball, 21-year-old Brandon Ingram and 23-year-olds Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

With the Lakers in pursuit of their 17th championship and first since the 2009-10 season, James has an opportunity to add to his legacy. The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Lakers 128-119, extending their winning streak over the Lakers to 16 games. "I had one in the fourth quarter, I expected Kuz [Kyle Kuzma] to pop, he rolled, I threw it out of bounds", James said about one of his six turnovers. I liked the way we competed at times. [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. "I don't think we are going to shoot 0-for-15 again".

James, who led Cleveland to their first National Basketball Association championship in 2016 after returning to the team from the Miami Heat, is playing for a Western Conference franchise for the first time in his career.

Unsurprisingly, LeBron said it's going to take a little while, and he explained why by using an oatmeal analogy.

Either way, it's just one game.

The Heat stumbled to a 9-8 start in James' first season in Miami before winning 12 consecutive games, finishing 58-24 and reaching the first of four straight NBA Finals appearances. You still got to go through some things.

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