The Los Angeles Lakers are getting ready for their big night against the Golden State Warriors. It’s a big game for the team and yes, it may set the pace for players and coaches. Anthony Davis and LeBron James will lead their teammates in the opener against the Warriors. Playing against the defending champions in the very first game is a big deal, right?
“Our first two games are against title contenders,” Davis said on Monday. “So it’s always good to spoil the ring nights. The mindset is going up and starting the season with a couple [wins.]”
The Warriors won’t make things easy for the Lakers. They will enter the arena to win the night. Of course, they have a bunch of great players on the roster and Davis knows it. However, Lakers players looked good in the preseason and they have the capacity to shut down the Dub Nation.
“Hats off to ‘em, they did a hell of a job last season, but it’s a new year,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “I’m motivated just by walking in this building, wearing this across my chest. My motivation is built in to turn this thing around and have a very much more improved year as opposed to what happened here last year. So kudos to the Warriors, last year’s champs. But this year is a whole new season, and we’re hungry. We got a chip on our shoulder.”
The Lakers are coming off of a bad season. They lost a lot of games and players missed a lot of time due to injuries. LeBron and AD didn’t get a chance to play together a lot and their teammates got stuck in the middle of nowhere. Darvin Ham has great plans for the season and he tried different formulas. Russell Westbrook is coming off the bench and he may keep this role throughout the entire season. He has to treat his hamstring injury first. AD is healthy and so is LeBron.
“We’re motivated to get back to where we belong. The last two seasons were not what we envisioned. It was not Lakers basketball and we know that. Not what our organization’s standard is,” Davis said. “Our standard is to compete for championships and the last two seasons, we have not. So, it’s motivation and hunger from every guy on the floor. Everybody in the locker room, all the coaches, the front office, to make sure that we get back to that level of basketball that we know we can play at.”