As reports surfaced that talks of an extension bog down between Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets, the L.A. Lakers were mentioned as a possible next destination. Fans were excited at the potential reunion between Kyrie and LeBron but Draymond Green gives everyone an early reality check.
“They won’t beat us”
"With LeBron James, if you give them someone like Kyrie... they'll have a chance because of the way Kyrie can score the basketball. LeBron will only put him in a position to do that. Kyrie has not proven to be a great leader. LeBron will put an umbrella over that. If you can do what you're good at, you have LeBron leading."
He also delivered a strong message: "They could contend, but they won't beat us."
What he said may actually be true. If the deal pushes through, the front office need to find a way to fill in the roster spots of the Lakers and address the team’s other needs. Of course, it would be entertaining like their time in Cleveland but they need a lot of support now in L.A.
Why the move makes sense
The Brooklyn Nets may lose Kyrie Irving without getting anyone in return. The Nets’ front office must cooperate with Irving and his wishes if they want to get players or picks or else be left with nothing. It would also create several storylines about how the two won together, went separate ways, and ended up playing with each other once again.
James only has a few years left in his career. He wants to win another championship before he retires. Irving is also chasing another title to add to the only one he won, coincidentally with James in Cleveland. They both have the same goals. However, the Lakers’ chances of competing next year would rely on the fitness of Anthony Davis, James, and Irving’s commitment if a deal pushes through.
Green is right. It may take two years for the Lakers to beat the current lineup of the Golden State Warriors. Dray is right. The Lakers need more than Irving to beat the GSW. But also, it’s interesting to note that as early as now, the point-forward is already thinking about James and Irving’s teaming up. He could remember vividly how devastating the duo was in the past. Green knows the potential and deep inside, he may be wishing it wouldn’t get to become a reality.