It was the first time James played within the competitive Western Conference, and called for patience as his new teammates learn to play together. James also breaks down what Damian Lillard did well down the stretch for the Blazers.
"It's not instant oatmeal".
James electrified the Portland crowd with back-to-back monster slams for his first points as a Laker, but ultimately he couldn't prevent them from dropping their 16th straight game to Portland dating back to March 2014.
James wore 51 different versions of the LeBron 15 last season, and with the National Basketball Association introducing a new relaxed sneaker policy, Petrie said that number could be even higher this year.
James opted out of his contract with Cleveland in the offseason and agreed to a four-year deal worth $154 million with the Lakers. While James will command most of the attention on the offensive end, Ingram will have a golden opportunity to put up points as the team's second option.
Lillard scored a game high 28 points with Stauskas adding an additional 24.
"We're working on this 18 months to two years in advance, and we didn't know where he was going", Petrie said. "Us just trying to get a feel for one another".