For those living under a rock, LeBron James announced last weekend that he will play for the Los Angeles Lakers for at least the next few years. Vegas has a lot of confidence in the revamped Lakers, but there are still three big obstacles remaining between LeBron leading L.A. to yet another title.
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1. Kawhi Leonard needs to get to L.A.: Look, no offense to newly-signed Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, or JaVale McGee, but this Lakers team – without the likes of a superstar like Kawhi Leonard – likely won’t get past the second round in the Western Conference. Gone are the days that LeBron could carry a band of misfit toys to the Finals. He’s gonna need a bonafide star to take down the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets.
2. The Warriors are scarier now: There’s no easy way to say this, but the Warriors are somehow already better than they were last season. They just signed DeMarcus Cousins, making their starting five officially an All-Star team. SiriusXM NBA Radio’s Frank Isola explained why the signing made sense for the Dubs and Boogie.
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3. The Celtics are young and dangerous: With LeBron out of the East, the Boston Celtics are the early favorites to get to the NBA Finals. With a young core of talented players, including Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart. They already pushed a LeBron-led Cavs team to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Add a healthy Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving to that squad, and the sky’s the limit for Boston.
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