It’s been a disastrous turn around for the Los Angeles Lakers ever since their Christmas Day victory over the Golden State Warriors. As it turns out, the unfortunate drop from the Lakers ever since then has even surprised the Warriors Head Coach, Steve Kerr.
Steve Kerr says the Lakers “looked like one of the best teams in the West” when the Lakers defeated the Warriors away from home.
During that match, LeBron James went down with a groin injury that would rule him out for 17 further games and started the downward spiral of the Lakers 2019 season.
The Warriors handed a depleted Lakers side an 18 point loss last Thursday but Kerr definitely feels for LeBron and his team for the way they’ve finished the season. The Warriors coach believes that a fully fit LeBron James in the postseason is great for the competition.
Per The OC Register:
“Oh for sure,” Kerr said Thursday morning at Staples Center. “When they beat us on Christmas, to me, they looked like one of the best teams in the West. They were playing like it. I don’t know where they were in the standings, but you could feel how good they were (and) the fact that they were coming together.”
Now, even though the greatest adversary the Warriors dynasty has known is sidelined, he can’t help but feel a little wistful about it.
“I’m disappointed for him and for the Lakers,” he said. “I want everybody to be healthy every year. It’s better for the league, it’s better for all the people involved.”
Steph Curry, who has been a fixture on all four of the Warriors teams that played James, took a more Zen attitude, saying that “obviously the rest of the league continues to go,” and that there are plenty of great storylines to follow in the upcoming postseason. But he acknowledged, at the very least, that he can sympathize that it will be “different” for James.
“He’s had an amazing run,” he said. “I’m pretty sure he’ll be able to reset for next year, regroup, but it’s different.”
The Golden State Warriors are aiming for their third consecutive championship in a row and their fourth in the last five years during this post season.