According to The Undefeated's Marc Spears, Rondo can't help but recall how long it took for everybody to connect as a team back in his younger days with the Boston Celtics.
With the Lakers up 6-2 after baskets by Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Brandon Ingram, James stole the ball from Portland forward Jake Layman and raced to the other end for a dunk. Although the Lakers fast-paced offensive attack worked reasonably well, it wasn't enough to pull off the win on the road.
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LeBron had a odd, but a clear metaphor as he explained where the Lakers team chemistry is at right now.
His game was not flawless, however, as James went 0-4 on three-pointers and notched six turnovers. Remember when James took his talents to South Beach with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? When he joined the Miami Heat in 2010, Miami struggled to a 9-8 start despite three of the league's best players.
The Lakers are plagued by a five-year playoff drought.
Especially over the last few seasons, LeBron James' annual Halloween parties have become legend.
The Warriors have owned the Western Conference for several years now, but Kobe Bryant isn't ready to count the Lakers out of that competition this season. There's plenty of time for the Lakers to get it right. The young core lacks playoff experience, and playoff basketball is a whole new beast.
"It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are", he told reporters after his Lakers debut. Optimism is high for the future of the Lakers, but expectations should be tempered a bit at least for this upcoming season.