The Portland Trail Blazers will play host for the first game of LeBron James’ career with the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 18, per Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. Portland and L.A. have been seemingly linked all summer, from the hoopla surrounding Damian-Lillard-to-the-Lakers trade rumors that sprung up, to the two teams playing each other in the NBA Summer League finals (again).
LeBron James and the Lakers open their season on October 18 on the road against the Blazers, per league sources.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) August 8, 2018
The Blazers beat L.A. last March to extend their head-to-head win streak against the Lakers to 15 games.
Update: TV channels and times have been released by the league for marquee games.
- Portland will play the Lakers at 7:30 PT on Thursday, Oct. 18 in Portland on TNT.
- Portland will play the Jazz at 7:30 PT on Christmas Day (Tuesday, Dec. 25) in Utah on ESPN.