Larry Nance Jr. says Lakers could get to the Finals because of LeBron James
Spending less than half a season with LeBron James in Cleveland has definitely made a believer in Larry Nance, Jr.
With the best player on the planet now on the Los Angeles Lakers, Nance Jr. believes LeBron can book his young squad a ticket to June.
“They could [get to the Finals].” Nance said in an exclusive interview with Express Sport.
“With LeBron, anything is possible. I think it’ll be a very tough road because arguably three of the best four teams are out west.”
Larry Nance, Jr., who was drafted 27th overall by the Lakers in 2015, was traded at the deadline last season along with Jordan Clarkson in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a first round pick.
The 25-year old forward out of Wyoming got the chance to play with James, who took Cleveland to the Finals for the fourth consecutive year. His limited time with the three-time NBA champion, however, did not prevent him from acknowledging his fellow Akron-native’s leadership as his number one quality.
“Personally, having played with him last year, I think his leadership qualities separate him from some of the other greats,” he said.
“He’s able to take a team and motivate everybody by leading by example.”
Surely, the 33-year old superstar will take his leadership to his new squad and try to take them as far as he can. The Lakers are boasting young, up-and-coming talents in Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart, all of whom can benefit from LeBron’s guidance.
But the challenge is more daunting than ever as The King is now in the juggernaut Western Conference with the likes of Golden State, Houston, and San Antonio looking to stop him in his tracks.