Mike D’Antoni shares his take on LeBron James joining Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have changed a bit of the tide in the Western Conference after landing All-Star forward LeBron James in free agency on a four-year, $154 million deal. This has ramped up the competition behind the Golden State Warriors for the upcoming season.
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has commented on James’ move out west by stating that he didn’t like the decision, but now understands that this only heats up the race to an even greater degree in the Western Conference, according to ClutchFans.
Mike D’Antoni on LeBron James joining the Lakers: “You hate it, but that’s how the league is. It just makes us to try to get a little better. It’s going to be a heck of a race in the Western Conference, I know that much.”
— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) July 6, 2018
The Rockets are one of the teams has been forced to adjust despite being just one win away from reaching the NBA Finals for the first time in over two decades. The front office has been able to bring back former All-Star point guard Chris Paul on a four-year, $160 million deal but did lose veteran forward Trevor Ariza on a one-year, $15 million deal with the Phoenix Suns.
Houston is also in a bit of tough spot with center Clint Capela, who is currently a restricted free agent that hasn’t drawn much interest on the open market due to much of the league not having available salary cap space to present a lucrative offer sheet to him.
Regardless how that situation shakes out, the Rockets are expected to be one of the teams making a serious push to contend in the Warriors, who also made a major offseason addition of All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million deal.
All of this should lead to what may be an extremely exciting season with several teams in the Western Conference in the mix to try and knock off the Warriors from reaching a fifth straight NBA Finals. What makes this even more intriguing is that it will now include the Lakers led by the four-time league MVP.
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