No, the Los Angeles Lakers shouldn’t just be dismissed to win the 2019-20 NBA championship since they have their own star duo that can match the Clippers in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. (Side note: How insane are Clippers-Lakers games going to be next season?)
Will it really indicate the Lakers need to try now to win the title? Sure, but this will be easier said than done sitting on their hands on most of free service while awaiting Kawhi Leonard’s choice.
The Lake Show’s supporting cast is really a dumpster fire in comparison to what their Staples Center roommates can put on the court and unless you will find more veteran buyouts to come on board for the purple and gold (ahem, Andre Iguodala), the reality is that even with LeBron and the Brow, they’re simply outgunned.
I wouldn’t touch them at +400 to win the title and I really don’t feel bad for any of those suckers who took them in +185 with some sportsbooks if it had been projected that they were getting Kawhi too.