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Jalen Rose Says Los Angeles Lakers Are ‘The Best Team In Basketball’: “If They Stay Healthy, LeBron James Is Getting Another Ring This Year”

Jalen Rose Says Los Angeles Lakers Are ‘The Best Team In Basketball’: “If They Stay Healthy, LeBron James Is Getting Another Ring This Year”

After an intense offseason of restructuring the team, the Los Angeles Lakers have built a solid contender for next season. The Lakers were disappointed with their performances last season, especially in the Playoffs.

Coming into the 2020-21 NBA season, the Lakers were the defending champions, and favorites to win the title again. But major injuries to LeBron James and Anthony Davis derailed their momentum and standing in the Western Conference.

The Lakers were able to secure the 8th seed in the West and beat the Golden State Warriors in a tightly-contested play-in game. In their series against the Suns, the Lakers looked like they had the upper hand after securing a 2-1 lead.

But injuries to Davis and LeBron meant the Lakers went out in 6 games to the Suns, who then reached the NBA Finals. Realizing how limited their championship window with LeBron James was, the Lakers immediately began planning for the new season.

The Lakers pulled off what is without a doubt the biggest trade of the offseason so far when they acquired Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards. From there, they brought in several veteran players on minimum contracts like Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, and more.

But the Lakers also realized the need for youth, retaining Talen Horton-Tucker and adding Malik Monk and Kendrick Nunn to the roster. The Lakers have assembled quite a roster so far, one that will definitely be in the mix for the NBA championship next season.

And according to Jalen Rose, they are the best team in basketball. Rose spoke during his ‘Jalen and Jacoby’ show about the Lakers and said that they have put together a great team. If the Lakers can stay healthy, then they are the best team in basketball and will end the season with the Larry O’Brien Trophy in their hands.

“Now all I see is the best team in basketball…Malik Monk, 40% 3-point shooting, Kendrick Nunn, 40% 3-point shooting, both of those guys are amazing heat-check players. That’s going to give them their youth. Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double with the Wizards last year. The Lakers, in my opinion, are the clear-cut best team in basketball. If they stay healthy, LeBron James is getting another ring this year.”

The Lakers will have a tough time in the Western Conference, albeit slightly easier than in years past. The injury to Kawhi Leonard rules him out for most of the season, which means there is no guarantee that he will be able to see LeBron in the Playoffs. 

There are still questions surrounding the Golden State Warriors, and whether the original core is capable of the magic of years past.

Undoubtedly, the Lakers’ biggest test will come from the East, whether it be the Brooklyn Nets or the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks. 

But the Lakers won’t be scared, especially if their newly formed big three of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook are firing on all cylinders.