LeBron James reacts to if 2019-20 Lakers can be historically good
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers are now an NBA-best 21-3 on the season, which is the best start for this team since the 2008-09 campaign when Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol led the franchise to a title over Dwight Howard’s Orlando Magic.
The success of this revamped Lakers team can be heavily attributed to the two-headed monster of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The superstar duo has exceeded expectations up to this point, as they have both played exceptionally well, even with so much turnover on this roster.
With the Lakers being one of the best if not the best team in the league right now while off to an incredible start, the question of whether this team can be historically good is starting to be raised. James was asked this very question after the Lakers made easy work of the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center on Sunday night.
“I’m the last person you can ask a question like that,” James said. “I live too much in the moment. All I care about is what we did tonight and how we can get better tomorrow. It’s going to be a good road trip for us. Starts in Orlando.”
Even though the Lakers are on pace to become a historically-good team this season, James continues to focus on one day at a time. The three-time NBA champion doesn’t want to flirt with the notion of this team being one for the ages, as he knows all too well an injury can change this for his team like it did last season when he went down with a groin injury on Christmas Day.
At 21-3, the Lakers would have to lose only five more games during the regular season to surpass the 73-9 Golden State Warriors. Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls have the second-best record in NBA history at 72-10. Los Angeles has a long way to go to be in this conversation with only 24 games in the books.
This championship-caliber squad is threatening to win 70+ games or potentially going on a historic win streak isn’t out of the question. Still, LeBron wants to keep those talks at bay while trying to combat the grind of an 82-game season with seemingly a long playoff run ahead.