The Los Angeles Lakers may have LeBron James, but Draymond Green isn’t worried.
There’s a very good reason for that, of course. The Golden State Warriors are coming off back-to-back championship seasons. They’ve won three out of the last four titles. Meanwhile, the Lakers weren’t even a playoff team last season. Adding LeBron probably makes them one, but he doesn’t make them championship contenders anytime soon. They’re still missing at least one piece. We don’t know who that piece is, but he’s out there somewhere.
For the time being, though, Green knows who has to worry and who doesn’t. Speaking to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, he makes that very clear.
“Teams worry about us. We don’t worry about nobody. We are the champs. Why do we have to worry about anybody? They have to worry about us. They say we are ruining the league. I love it!”
Draymond has never been one to mince words, and he’s not wrong here. Again, the Lakers weren’t even a playoff team last season. For some perspective, the Warriors almost fell to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Final last season. The Lakers are nowhere near the Rockets in terms of talent quite yet.
That’s not to say these Lakers won’t be fun. Adding LeBron is always going to be a positive move. Keeping the likes of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram together is reason for excitement. Adding Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson AND Michael Beasley on on-year deals is absurd — but fun.
It just doesn’t change the fact that many teams, including the Lakers, will be looking up at Golden State next season. That’s just the way it goes; that’s the way it is right now.
And Draymond is here for it whether you like it or not.