LEBRON JAMES will not lead the Los Angeles Lakers to NBA Championship glory this season – because the Golden State Warriors are too good!
That is according to five-time NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups, who believes the Lakers will however be a force to be reckoned with in the Playoffs.
James swapped the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Lakers in July, signing a four-year contract with the Western Conference franchise.
Billups told Starsport: “I think they’ll make the Playoffs and they’ll be a very, very tough Playoff team but I don’t think this is the year they can win it.
“Golden State is too good right now.”
“He did all he could do at Cleveland. He brought some excitement, he brought a Championship.”
James’ departure from the Cavs could boost Billups’ former team the Detroit Piston’s hopes of reaching the Playoffs in the upcoming NBA season.
And Billups believes the Pistons are in for a good year under Casey.
“They’ve hit an absolute home run getting Dwayne Casey,” he said. “Getting a healthy Reggie Jackson back along with Blake Griffin.
“I think they’re going to have a really, really good season.”
“I don’t know if it’s a shock but I think the Denver Nuggets will make the Playoffs this year,” he said.
“They’ll have Isaiah Thomas back healthy, he’s going to have a chip on his shoulder and I believe they’ll make it this year.”
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