The four-time MVP's total, the second highest scored by a Lakers debutant, included 12 rebounds and six assists.
"Um, not as fast as you guys think it's going to happen", James said when asked how long it'll take for the Lakers to develop chemistry, according to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk. "I always kind of compare it to like instant oatmeal". It's not that fast. "It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are".
October 26, 2010 (Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics): 31 points (10/21 from the field), four rebounds, three assists, one steal, and two blocks in 43 minutes.
And we also caught up with Doc Rivers, head coach of the Lakers' city rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers, for his thoughts on LeBron's arrival.
Either way, it's just one game.
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"Reasonably, it is going to take time", Ball said.
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With the Lakers remaining patient in their approach to bringing Ball back to full speed, Rondo was expected to be the starter even dating back to training camp.
There will be easier games to come for the Lakers, with Portland solid at home and a regular in the playoffs, and now excitement can ratchet up a notch for his home debut. "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. West Coast games typically start around 10 or 10:30 ET, which has drawn some concern that fans may not stick around to watch LeBron and company.