The Los Angeles Lakers are widely regarded as the biggest favorites to win the NBA title this season following the arrival of Anthony Davis along with other pieces. The Californians are set to take it all next year, and some of their rivals are already warning everybody that these guys aren’t playing around.
Following another preseason defeat against the Purple and Gold, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has given his takes on the new-look Lakers and the things they can do next campaign. Curry expressed his admiration for what Los Angeles have done so far, tipping them to have an outstanding season:
“I mean they’re tough,” admitted Curry, via Sam Amick of The Athletic. “You start with LeBron and AD. Those are two guys who demand your attention every possession, and I think they showed (on Wednesday night) a little bit how they can work in tandem, putting pressure on that three or four spot, with either JaVale (McGee) or Dwight (Howard) leading up, and LeBron having two lob threats. And they’ve got some shooting around them, perimeter defense. They’re good. It’s going to take a lot to beat them. You can tell when a team truly believes that a team is good, but they still have to go out and prove it. They have that vibe over there, like they know that they’re talented but I think there’s an edge to them.”
When asked about LeBron James’ mentality entering the new season, Curry didn’t hesitate to show his confidence that the Lakers can do big things with their current squad.
“There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be successful, whether it’s winning the championship or whatever it is,” he said. “But in terms of (pauses)… You don’t get to – and I would put myself in that category – but you don’t get to be a guy like LeBron and need any extra type of (motivation at this stage). Like, I’m sure he came in last year with the same optimism, motivation and edge. This year there’s just a little more hoopla around the team because of who they have on the squad. And like I said, the five months of waiting to get back out on the floor when you’re used to playing in June vs. coming out in April and having this amount of time to get ready, I mean there’s probably going to be a different look in your eye, in that respect. But we all love the game and there’s a sense of urgency (later in your career) for sure.”
If there is somebody who knows what could be on LeBron’s mind, that’s Stephen Curry. The point guard has gone through several battles in the past few years, so he understands this situation better than anybody. The Lakers will try to prove Curry right winning the championship this upcoming term.