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2019 Schedule
0-0, 3rd in Pacific

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball checked into the game for the first time with 3:22 left in the first quarter with LeBron James and Rajon Rondo taking their first break. Ball joined Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee. Luke Walton got to see how this Lakers unit would do without either James or Rondo on the floor.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

First Laker off the bench for the season is Kyle Kuzma, who scored right away from a terrific bounce pass from Rajon Rondo. Kuzma subbed in for JaVale McGee and immediately had to defend Jusuf Nurkic inside as well.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers opened the game with LeBron James directing the offense and making a concerted effort to get the ball to Brandon Ingram and let him take his man offensively.

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34mOhm Youngmisuk

LeBron on debut hype: 'First step of long journey'

Before the madness of his much-hyped Lakers debut began, LeBron James was a picture of tranquility as he sat at his locker stall, calling Thursday night's opener "the first step of a long journey for us."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton said Rajon Rondo has shared his unique insight on things he learned from the Pelicans-Blazers series last year with the Lakers coaching staff.

LeBron arrives for much-anticipated Lakers debut (0:17)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Blazers have left Paul Allen's seat open. Commissioner Adam Silver will be here. Terry Stotts says the Blazers will do their jobs to the best of their abilities on what will be an emotional night.

LeBron: 'Stronger when I play more minutes' (1:06)
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8hDave McMenamin

Goals for LeBron: More minutes, another ring

LeBron James says he's "fresh" as he begins his 16th season with a new team -- the Lakers -- and winning championships continues to be the goal that drives him.

Doc Rivers: 'LeBron is far more Magic than Michael' (0:44)
Magic looks to Brandon Ingram to help LeBron this season (1:45)
Why the Lakers should limit LeBron's minutes in 2018-19 (1:42)
The wait is over for LeBron's regular season Laker debut (1:19)
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1dDave McMenamin

Walton taking long view on LeBron's playing time

Luke Walton says he isn't about to burn out LeBron James, who turns 34 in December, this season when the Lakers hope to enter a championship window further into James' tenure with the team.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton did not discount LeBron James playing in all 82 games this season but the Lakers coach also said James' playing time will factor in the franchise's long-term goals -- not just this season's aspirations. "We've got four years, we want to make sure we're not only playing at our best come the end of the season but that he's fresh," Walton said. "And that's a goal for us. And it's a goal that we're on a journey and it's not a one-year journey."

Stephen A. wouldn't pair Kawhi with LeBron on Lakers (1:59)

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Team Stats

Points Per Game108.111th
Rebounds Per Game46.42nd
Assists Per Game23.87th
Points Allowed109.625th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2018-1900.000
2017-183547.427
2016-172656.317
2015-161765.207
2014-152161.256