The day LeBron James made the move to the West was a happy day for the East teams. Not so much for the West since it’s already a competitive conference and adding the best player in the league just made it harder.
For Steph Curry, it’s nothing. During his interview with Sam Amick of USA Today, he claims it doesn’t change the fact that he has to beat his Warriors:
“There’s a lot that’s been made about the competition in the West and his eight straight Finals appearances and all that, but that just makes everybody raise the antenna up a little bit—including us. It’s going to be fun for fans, playing [more] in the regular season and who knows in the playoffs. So the West obviously got stronger with LeBron but you’ve still got to beat us.”
Curry also said it was a smart move by James for the Los Angeles market:
“I don’t know what they’re going to be as a team, because obviously it’s brand new and they don’t have their identity. But at the end of the day they’ll come together with LeBron leading the charge. At the end of the day, he’s in a great market, he’s in a great city, he’s around a great organization that has had a history of winning, he’s with [Lakers president of basketball operations] Magic [Johnson]. It’s interesting for him to make a move.”
Lakers added James plus Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee. DeMarcus Cousins left the Pelicans to join the Warriors for a 5.3 million deal. A big drop from what the Pelicans were offering. Warriors lead the NBA Finals matchup against James, 3 to 1. It obviously won’t work that way anymore.