The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are both coming off relatively disappointing seasons, and reloaded this offseason as such. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Russell Westbrook should make for quite the finals matchup if both teams can hold up their end of the bargain and meet next June.
Today on “The Anthony Irwin Show,” I spoke to Kristian Winfield of The New York Daily News to continue our Lakers Contender Series, this time focusing on Lakers-Nets as a finals possibility.
The star power is obviously there, and perhaps a rivalry buds over the course of the season, but for whatever reason right now, there just isn’t the anticipation you might expect from a potential meeting of those names I listed above. Kristian and I give our thoughts as to why the matchup doesn’t feel as inspiring as it maybe should right now.
Kristian also watched up close last season as DeAndre Jordan fell completely out of the rotation to the extent that he actually asked out of Brooklyn this summer. I asked Kristian how Jordan handled that situation and, to be honest, it didn’t sound great. If things go the same way for him in L.A., he’ll have to handle that better, or he could find his way out of the league before he knows it.
You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @AnthonyIrwinLA, and Kristian at @Krisplashed. And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.