It has been nearly a month since LeBron James made the decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $153 million deal in free agency.
There has been plenty of reaction around the league toward the move that has now put arguably the best player in the league in the Western Conference. Despite all of that, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has voiced that he has no concern about how it will impact his team’s title chances at this juncture, according to Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmusik of ESPN.
Does James’ new home give the Dubs any reason to doubt?
“I am not going to give that any thought because I got my own team to worry about,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
The new-look Lakers have yet to prove that they can be a formidable threat in the Western Conference to challenge the Warriors, who have won three out of the last four NBA titles while going to the NBA Finals in each of those campaigns. In fairness, James hasn’t had the opportunity to play with his new as there is still much mystery as to how it’s going to all shake out this upcoming season with their mixture of young promising talent and proven veterans.
Meanwhile, the Warriors have only become more offensively potent this summer with the addition of All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million. Granted, he is making his way back from a torn Achilles tendon, there is still much potential for that move to help make the Warriors an even more daunting offensive force and greater favorite to win yet another NBA title.
This should also at least set up some highly-anticipated battles between both Pacific divisions foes in the upcoming campaign in the regular season with plenty of star power on the floor that could extend into the playoffs.
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