How to Watch LeBron James' Lakers Debut Thursday at Trail Blazers

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 5:27 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 5:27 PM UTC

LeBron James begin writing the next chapter of his Hall of Fame career when he and the Los Angeles Lakers open their NBA season in Portland on Thursday night.  

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569337, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,999991,19,238,169], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>It is probably a gross understatement to say anticipation is high for LeBron James’ regular-season debut as Los Angeles Laker.</p><p>Sure, we’ve already seen him in the Purple &amp; Gold in the NBA preseason, but it’s the beginning of his official record as a member of the storied and revered NBA franchise. Afterall, he’s still trying to make his case that he’s the GOAT ... and the clock is ticking.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Who? What? When? Where Is the Game?</strong></h2><p>James and the Lakers tip-off at 10:30 p.m. ET Thursday against the Trail Blazers in Portland.</p><p><strong>SBR's game preview available Wednesday afternoon: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow">Click here. </a></p><p><strong>SBR’s Los Angeles Lakers season preview:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" title="NBA Picks">Click here.</a></p><p><strong>SBR’s Portland Trail Blazers season preview:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" title="NBA Picks">Click here.</a></p><p>The contest airs on TNT and for those wanting to watch the game on the go, <a href="">check out the TNT app.</a></p><p>You can also watch the game at <a href="">NBC Sports Northwest,</a> accessible through the NBC Sports App and on <a href=""></a>. You will need to have your current TV provider login information to access this service.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>As If the Air Wasn’t Thick Enough</strong></h2><p>Adding another layer of drama to LeBron’s next chapter, Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen (also owned the NFL's Seahawks), billionaire co-founder of Microsoft and renowned philanthropist, died Monday of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.</p><p>The organization hasn’t made any official announcement of a planned tribute at Thursday’s game, but his loss will weigh heavily in the Moda Center and the team will certainly want to a win for their late owner. Expect some sort of patch on the Trail Blazers' uniforms this year and a moment of silence, at a minimum, on Thursday.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Lakers&lt;/a&gt; statement on the passing of Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Seahawks&lt;/a&gt; owner &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#PaulAllen&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Lauren A. Jones (@LoJoMedia) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;October 16, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>Where Does Cleveland Stand on LeBron?</h2><p>We don’t actually know if they’ll be watching (they will), but many a Cleveland resident will likely be wearing LeBron’s new Lakers jersey.</p><p>According to jersey retailer Fanatics, the city of Cleveland ranked fourth in term of markets purchasing James’ No. 23 Lakers jersey. It went on sale July 2. It is speculated that Clevelanders took advantage of the Fanatics Jersey Assurance Program, which allows buyers to trade in James’ Cavaliers jersey within 90 days of purchase free of charge.</p><p>Let’s see which jersey fans will wear when the Cavaliers host LeBron and the Lakers on Nov. 21, his first time home since leaving earlier in the summer.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;LeBron 16 “King” releasing October 18th $185 -&amp;gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— J23 iPhone App (@J23app) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;October 11, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><strong>Got Some Spare Change?</strong></h2><p>When LeBron takes the court in Portland, he will reportedly be wearing special edition kicks that decidedly look more Cleveland than Los Angeles.</p><p>Called the “King” LeBron 16, the shoes are a wine and gold, and animal print version of the Nike LeBron 16. The design is inspired by the African meaning of his name and his first wall poster. An image of James sitting on a throne wearing his first Nike signature, the Air Zoom Generation, will be featured on the insole. The color combination, according to Nike, is a tribute to his legacy and court dominance.</p><p>The color obviously harkens back to his former team and there hasn’t been any announcement of a Lakers-friendly LeBron 16 yet.</p><p>The shoe will also go on sale to the public the same day for $185.</p>
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