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Only one team can stop the Lakers next season’: Stephen A Smith on who can beat LeBron James and co.

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In the latest episode of First Take, Stephen A. Smith talks about how the Warriors are the biggest threat to the Lakers

With the NBA and NBPA deciding a December 22 start to the season, the topic of conversation has shifted to whether the Lakers can hold on to their crown or not.

The champions have King James and Anthony Davis, which makes them very tough to beat. They, however, have a lot of ‘ifs’ on their roster, with a lot of players hitting free agency.

In the latest episode of First Take, Stephen A. Smith gives his two cents on who poses the biggest threat to the Lakers.

“The Golden State Warriors have a legitimate shot to make it to the NBA Finals”: Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith is putting his money on the Warriors to make the Western Conference finals next season. Even before the Warriors solidify their roster, Smith is confident about this fact.

The main reason for his belief is the excellent shooting back-court duo of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. Smith calls them the greatest backcourt duo in the history of the NBA and there is not much that can be said to counter it.

Stephen A. Smith says the best defenders on the Lakers – LeBron and Anthony Davis – are going to have a tough time when the Splash Brothers get going. Both the two guards are really active off-ball and always keep repositioning themselves, making it tough for any defense to scheme for them.

He also mentioned later in the episode the only thing stopping the Warriors from doing so would be injuries. The Warriors led an injury-riddled 2019-20 season, with Klay sitting out the whole year due to his ACL injury and Curry breaking his wrist 5 games into the season.

Hopefully, the coming season brings better luck injury-wise and the Warriors, who are now well-rested, can go out and bring their former glory.

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LeBron James physically tampered with Dennis Schroder last season’: Lakers talisman had his eyes set on Thunder star

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Dennis Schroder is reportedly being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Danny Green and the 28th pick in the NBA Draft.

With perhaps the first official trade of this NBA offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to bolster their backcourt. This is also the first trade since the trade deadline ended back in February.

With reports indicating Rajon Rondo’s potential departure from the Lakeshow, the Lakers made sure they had a decent point guard to lead them into the 2020-21 NBA season.

However, in doing so, the Lakers have lost their marksman from beyond the arc.

Dennis Schroder to the Lakers; Danny Green to the Thunder

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed in principle to trade Danny Green and their 28th pick in this year’s NBA draft to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder will be sending Dennis Schroder to the Lakers, officially, when the trade moratorium is lifted.

The reigning Sixth Man of the Year was a valuable piece in OKC’s run to the 5th seed in the Western Conference. He averaged 18.9 points and 4 assists in 30 minutes of action. He also shot 38.5% from 3 point land.

LeBron James ‘tampers’ with Dennis Schroder during last season

A video of LeBron James hugging Dennis Schroder during a matchup between the Lakers and OKC last season resurfaced online.

NBA Twitter was seen freaking out over this video as they hilariously claim this is LeBron tampering whilst the season was in play.

LeBron James has a reputation for luring stars to his team throughout the entirety of a season to bolster his squad for the next season. It is also being reported the Lakers are already in the hunt for a replacement for Danny Green.

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