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Lakers’ Anthony Davis believes Nets are ‘favorites’ in Eastern Conference following James Harden trade

There are a number of Western Convention contenders trying to smash the Lakers’ quest for back-to-back titles, however their most daunting foe could also be sitting over within the Japanese Convention.

The Nets’ acquisition of James Harden in a blockbuster commerce earlier this month despatched shockwaves all through the NBA and put them firmly in win-now mode. The trio of Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving offers Brooklyn extra pure offensive firepower than any group within the league, together with Los Angeles.

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ESPN’s Rachel Nichols recently asked Lakers star Anthony Davis concerning the main shakeup and presumably assembly the Nets within the NBA Finals. He admitted that matchup would current some troublesome challenges.

“It is a menace. They’re undoubtedly a menace,” Davis stated. “They seem to be a group that may rating, rating at will. They seem to be a good group, and I believe they’re the favorites within the East now since [Harden] went over there. So it will be a enjoyable battle. That is undoubtedly going to be a battle.”

Even placing apart the potential job of stopping Brooklyn’s “Massive Three,” Davis understands the trail to the Larry O’Brien trophy is just going to be tougher the second time round. Los Angeles is coming off the shortest offseason within the historical past of the NBA, NFL, NHL or MLB after dominating the Florida bubble in 2020, and Davis is aware of the Lakers are getting “all people’s finest shot.”

“Everyone needs to be the champions,” Davis stated. “That is the hardest half. And now you admire — after we have been enjoying, it was like, ‘Man, the Warriors are a cheat code. Man, these guys, they’re simply successful. They’re including gamers.’ However now, as a champion, you come out this yr, you actually admire [it].

“Like, ‘Man, these guys, that was robust what they did.’ That was very robust, to return out and repeat, and even again when Shaq [O’Neal] and Kobe [Bryant] three-peated, it was robust to see what these guys did, particularly when you have got this goal in your again.”

You may watch Nichols’ full interview with Davis beneath.

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