The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2020-21 NBA season as the best team in the Western Conference. Well, several teams revamped their rosters, and Lakers head coach Frank Vogel has so much to do right now. LeBron James and his Lakers teammates got big warning.
Kendrick Perkins warned LeBron and the Lakers “not to rest on their laurels” in the next few months. The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers will give the Lakers a dog fight come playoff time. Both teams added more depth and versatility to their rosters.
LeBron and his Lakers teammates took the warning seriously
Right after the heated battle between Utah and Clippers at Staples Center on Friday, Perkins suggested that these two franchises have what it takes to challenge the purple and gold. The retired NBA player hinted that the Lakers’ supporting cast will have to elevate their game in order to defeat these two teams.
The Jazz had a disappointing first-round exit in 2020. They decided to race to the top of the league standings this season. They work really hard to push the offense forward and confront their opponents with an intimidating defense. Perkins said the Jazz boast one of the best benches in the NBA. Sixth Man of the Year frontrunner and former Laker Jordan Clarkson is doing a lot of damage.
The Clippers fly under the radar at the moment. However, they pulled out a few statement wins, including the one over the Utah Jazz on Friday. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are back in the game, and they helped the Clippers break Utah’s league-best eight-game winning streak. The Clippers boosted their roster in the offseason with the addition of Nicolas Batum and Serge Ibaka. They lost the series to the Denver Nuggets in Orlando, and it’s time to make a change. Leonard is ready to make one, and he is getting a lot of help from his teammates.
Perkins made a strong point and LeBron will have to find the best solution. His team is strong and powerful. It’s time for another winning streak.