Klay Thompson fully expects the Los Angeles Lakers to be a playoff contender.
As for the LeBron James-led crew competing for an NBA title, however, Thompson seems less sure.
Warriors-Lakers boasts the three best players in the world, two major media markets, state bragging rights and enough story lines to pack an Alfred Hitchcock film. But does it have anough competitive balance to be considered a rivalry? https://t.co/j2vDFBrWFP
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) October 10, 2018
The Purple and Gold have missed the postseason each of the past five seasons.
Per the SF Chronicle:
With a supporting cast of journeymen and unproven youngsters, James isn’t even a lock for the playoffs in his first season in Los Angeles, much less a Western Conference finals matchup with the back-to-back NBA champions.
“I expect them, yeah, absolutely to be in playoff contention,” said Warriors guard Klay Thompson, whose father, Mychal, won two NBA titles with the “Showtime” Lakers of the 1980s.
“But championship contention? I’m not sure. You’ve got to wait and see for that. That takes a lot of work.”