Magic Johnson says the Los Angeles Lakers will have the 2021 NBA Championship despite James Harden being traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Houston Rockets decided to pull the trigger on the James Harden trade after all, and did so only hours after Hardick’s harsh remarks towards the Rockets. The Brooklyn Nets received the perennial MVP candidate while the Rockets received 8 FRPs and Victor Oladipo in return.
This trade changes the entirety of the NBA landscape. Chris Herring of 538 claims that before the Harden trade, the Nets were given a 2% chance to win the NBA Finals. Post-trade, they are now up to 16%.
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The Nets are currently 76 and ahead of the Bucks, the former favorites to win. However, claiming the East Conference title would be one step closer to facing favorites to exit the West: the Los Angeles Lakers.
Magic Johnson chose LeBron James and Lakers the Nets
It’s not really surprising that Lakers legend and 5x NBA champion Magic Johnson would be betting on the Los Angeles Lakers to win all their chips once again.
In a tweet following the James Harden trade, Magic stated that he would be excited to watch Hardy Team U[with KD and Carrie]but ultimately with the Los Angeles Gilles Lakers.[pwithKDandKyriebutwillultimatelysidewiththeLosAngelesLakerstowinitall[पीदेखनेकेलिएउत्साहितहैलेकिनअंततःलॉसएंजिल्सलेकर्सकेसाथमिलकरयहसबजीतेंगे।[pwithKDandKyriebutwillultimatelysidewiththeLosAngelesLakerstowinitall
James Harden is in the business for the Brooklyn Nets to join KD and Cary, it will be special to see … but I’m still choosing @Lakers जीतने to win the championship
– Irwin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) 14 January 2021
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There is no doubt that the Brooklyn Nets will be lethal on offense. His point is his defense. With Kevin Durant and Bruce Brown being the Nets’ best defenders, it will be interesting to see how much effort they put on the defensive end of the floor.
The Lakers, on the other hand, are a team that is capable of the top 5 in both offense and defense throughout the season. LeBron James is statistically the best defender for the ball this season and ED is a perennial DPOY candidate with years and years out.
The narrative surrounding a potential Lakers-net final would have to be one for the books: LeBron James vs. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.