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Lakers’ LeBron James knew the Sixers were ‘going to be very good’ way back before Philadelphia made moves

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With four all-star caliber players in their line-up, the Philadelphia 76ers are now considered one of the top teams in the league. But for Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, he knew that Ben Simmons and the Sixers would be very good before they made the trade deadline moves.

After their 143-120 loss to the Sixers, where the Lakers got a first-hand look at the new and improved Philly squad, the four-time MVP shared his thoughts on the roster change, per Jessica Camerato:

“I thought they were going to be very good before they even made a move anyways before the season even started.”

While the Lakers were able to stand toe-to-toe in the first quarter, as the game progressed, the 76ers proved too big to handle for James and company. Philly’s new big four had another big night in just their second game together.

Joel Embiid led the way with 37 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 22 points and was 3-of-5 from downtown, Jimmy Butler chipped in 15 points, and Ben Simmons notched eight points and seven assists.

The purple and gold, meanwhile, got contributions from Kyle Kuzma who had 39 points, JaVale McGee who had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Brandon Ingram who had 19 points. James himself had a relatively rough night. In 33 minutes of play, he scored 18 points and dished out nine assists.

The loss brings their record to 28-28. Out of their last 10 games, they’ve just won three. With their playoff hopes dwindling, can the Lakers manage to turn things around?