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.
“I think they’ve got a lot of really good young talent, they were close last year and their guys have got another year under their belt, they’ll be hungry.
“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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