Stephen A. standing by LeBron, Lakers making Western Conference finals | First Take | ESPN

Stephen A. Smith stands by his position that the Los Angeles Lakers will make it to the Western Conference finals this season unless the Golden State Warriors stand in the way. He also says the Lakers will win over 50 games and LeBron James will be named NBA MVP. Max Kellerman says Stephen A. is “slightly overrating” the Lakers and the best Los Angeles can do in the playoffs is win a series.

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  1. Did this man forget about the Rockets? The only way they will get to the Western Conference Finals is if they trade some of those bums for a top 10 defender and rebounder.

  2. I love how there are soo many LeBron haters…you do realize, that if LeBron wasn't in the NBA, it would be no where near as compelling and watchable. There will be no drama, no "water cooler talk"…ratings/conversations would be about 30% of what they are now. You know how Tiger Woods is bigger than golf, and increased ratings by 300%….LeBron does that for the NBA.

  3. I think lakers would get their chemistry developed in regular season. Especially javale McGee is a great center for the lakers and he is familiar with the plays of the Warriors. So lakers can use that as an advantage. Don't forget that ingram is also improving. And i also see this lakers moving the ball so well similar to the warriors and spurs. So lakers would get improved in the regular season and their chemistry will sync until playoffs start. Sorry for my English LMAO

  4. Who's gonna be the second highest scorer ? Bron needs someone he trusts to score when he wants to make a play, like flash or ky .. when he's won championships, he has had a robin to his batman .. I want lebron to win a few more rings before it's all said & done but he needs more shooting, better team defenders & a starting caliber center .. I expect moves to be made at the trade deadline

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