Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James has acknowledged that Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden are a strong force together but he is not ready to declare the Brooklyn Nets trio an unprecedented ensemble. After trading for 2018 MVP Harden in January, the Nets became one of the strongest teams on paper in NBA history.
But ahead of the Lakers and Nets game, James wondered if everyone is starting to forget about the Golden State Warriors dominance. Between 2015 and 2019, the Warriors made five consecutive NBA Finals and won three NBA Championships.
"Um, have we forgot about KD, Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) already?" James said following the Lakers' 112-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night, per ESPN. "I mean, there you go. There you go right there."
James set to lead the Lakers for next couple of weeks
Lakers star big man Anthony Davis aggravated his Achilles injury this week and he will be out for several weeks. "We'll see how he responds to treatment and reevaluate in a couple weeks," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.
On Thursday, the Lakers face the Nets. "It's always exciting for me to go against some of the best guys in the game -- and they got three of them," James said. "They got three of the best guys in the game.
Definitely would love to be full when you're playing against a team like that and see, like, at that point in the season, how you match up -- how you match up against some of the best teams in the league. And, obviously, we won't be full on Thursday.
But, other than that, yeah, I love going out there and just being out on the floor with some of the best to play this game." Meanwhile, Lakers center Montrezl Harrell claimed the Lakers are taking it one game at a time.
"Honestly, I don't really care," Harrell said. "We go into every game with a game plan, know offensively, defensively what we want to do in order to win that game, and that's going to be the same thing we're going to have to do when we play on Thursday.
"There's nothing no different. We're not circling that game. We're not putting any extra emphasis on that game. It's just like any other game -- we're taking it one game at a time. We're still learning, we're still growing and we're still building with one another, and we're gonna have to do it to a higher standard with losing one of our big pieces [in Davis]."