Lakers’ LeBron James isn’t ready to elevate the Sixers to the same level as the Warriors’
The Philadelphia 76ers earned another impressive win, demolishing LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 143-120 to earn their 36th win of the season. The Sixers are led by two young, promising players in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. They also have a former All-Star in Jimmy Butler, and they recently acquired Tobias Harris, a player with All-Star potential, in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Now people are starting to compare the Sixers with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors because of how they built their team. Like the Dubs, Philly got great players through the draft, then added All-Star caliber players within the last five years.
Now they’re one of the best teams in the East.
But Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James was quick to point out the difference between both teams, saying that the Sixers still has a long way to go before reaching the Warriors’ status, per Martin Frank of Delaware Online.
“No, it’s two different teams, two different makeups,” James said. “Golden State is a well-oiled machine and they’ve been that for the last five years. They’ve added (Durant), and he’s fit in perfectly to that puzzle piece. This (Sixers) team has been together for a couple of years, but they’ve added some key pieces to their team just recently.”
Although the Sixers have significantly improved by adding Harris before the trade deadline, they are still not considered as the strongest team in the East. The Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, and better teams on paper, and the Indiana Pacers have a better record than them.
Philly will have the rest of the season and the playoffs to prove their doubters wrong and prove to the world that they’re ready to take the center stage and become the ultimate Beast in the East.