While this is a curious trivia bit, LeBron James has also managed to reach the NBA Finals for eight straight seasons as well as made the playoffs for 13 straight years - much more than most NBA mortals could say about their own fortune. "I always kind of compare it to like instant oatmeal".
Despite James himself saying the Lakers are a long way from challenging the Golden State Warriors, fellow analyst Kenny Smith said the Lakers are in "win now" mode. "It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are".
The four-time MVP's total, the second highest scored by a Lakers debutant, included 12 rebounds and six assists.
The 33-year-old signed a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers in July after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers. He added a follow-up 19 seconds later with a one-handed effort.
His game was not ideal, however, as James went 0-4 on three-pointers and notched six turnovers.
But it was not enough to prevent the Lakers losing to Portland for the 16th successive meeting as Damian Lillard led the way for the hosts with 28 points.
This was Portland's 16th successive win over the 16-time National Basketball Association champions, dating back to 2013.
For now, most expect Lakers coach Luke Walton's starting lineup to include young guns Hart and Ingram alongside veterans Rondo, McGee and James.
"But both teams had momentum at times throughout the game and they finished it off".
He will have the chance to make amends on Saturday, with the Lakers hosting the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center.