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  • Meanwhile, N BA players will have just 71 days off between the end of last season and the start of this season.

  • The players have agreed, and officially the season will tip off on December 22nd.

  • So Stephen A.

  • This season is gonna be very exciting.

  • As we've talked about, We'll have the Warriors healthy.

  • Will have the Nets whole new ball game here.

  • So who's most likely to dethrone the Lakers?

  • The Golden State Warriors?

  • I'm putting everybody on notice right now.

  • They will be in the conference finals.

  • They will have a legitimate shot to get to the MBA Finals.

  • But in terms of the direct question, who has the best shot to knock off the Lakers?

  • It will be the Golden State Warriors for a simple reason.

  • It doesn't need to be complicated like some people might try to make it.

  • They have the greatest shooting backcourt known to man.

  • There has never been anybody, Ah, backcourt in N BA history that can shoot like these brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

  • I don't give a damn if his Dennis Johnson in downtown Freddie Brown or Gus Johnson.

  • I don't give a damn if his Magic and Michael Cooper.

  • I don't give a Magic and Byron Scott a Magic and Norm Nixon before Byron Scott.

  • I don't give a damn if it's Isaiah Dumars.

  • I don't care what you come up with, Stockman Horn and check it.

  • Don't matter.

  • There has never and, I repeat, ever been a backcourt that can shoot the way those brothers could shoot it.

  • Is that simple to me?

  • And I Look, I'm not bringing into any other elements.

  • Max.

  • I know that Click plays defense.

  • I think that he's a great all around player.

  • He's a short five first ballot future Hall of Famer, one of the top five shooters in NBA history.

  • As far as I'm concerned, I know that I'm strictly I'm strictly talking about the ability to shoot the basketball.

  • Steph Curry career.

  • 43% from three point range.

  • Clay Thompson career like 40 to 41% from three point range when they miss it is a shock.

  • If they're open, if they're contested, is still a surprise that they missed.

  • But when they're open, it's absolute shock that they missed shots there marksman.

  • And when you talk about the Los Angeles Lakers, think about Antonio.

  • No matter what you think about the Joker because he's great and Jamal Murray and the depth and all this, here's the key Anthony Davis gets to deal with.

  • That is Ernie Davis.

  • Don't have no answer for Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.

  • He can't be out there guarding those brothers.

  • Somebody else has to do that.

  • Somebody else has to follow them around when they're moving without the ball, that make sure that I open when a fast break takes place.

  • All of a sudden, you gotta find them on the wings 30 ft away from the basket because they fire away.

  • They are the greatest shooting backcourt I have ever seen, and to me, toe knockoff LeBron and a D.

  • That's what it's going to take, and that's the only thing it's going to take.

  • Um, Clay Thompson scored 26 points in a quarter one year in a quarter, and it was his second best scoring quarter off the season.

  • It was 26 was the second best.

  • If you scored 26 points in the quarter and it's not even close to your best because he dropped 37 which is the record I love the word about the 60 or 12 dribbles.

  • Max Oh, Clay Thompson.

  • Clay Thompson is capable of getting hotter than any player who ever lived.

  • And Steph Curry's and M V.

  • P.

  • Sure, And by the way, my answer might be the Warriors.

  • When I see what they do with all their parts, let's see the clays healthy.

  • Let's see what kind of moves they make.

  • But as of right now, with everything we know about the team, I will take the Nuggets.

  • As of right now, I'll take the Nuggets.

  • Guys, think about Jamal Murray in the playoffs.

  • Last year it was How many times have you seen something like that in your life in the playoffs?

  • Jamal Murray was.

  • He lost his mind 50 points with no turnover.

  • Stuff like at one point is like 93 points without a turnover or something like that, coming up huge in the clutch.

  • And then Yokich Yokich was running point for this team, a 7 ft center, a load in the paint.

  • He's taking the ball up and running.

  • You're running the offense through him playing point center.

  • And then there's Michael Porter Jr.

  • Remember, the whole thing was if he could stay healthy.

  • That's why he didn't get drafted higher.

  • What about his health?

  • He looked pretty good.

  • Can't play defense yet.

  • It looks pretty good.

  • And here's what's instructive to me.

  • Stephen A.

  • This is the tie breaker for me with the Nuggets, based on what the Warriors are right now, if they package Wiggins in a pick and something like that and they bring in another player, maybe if you had to ask me to forecast by the time they're done making their team, who I may take the work I'm talking about right now with the roster, Porter is going to be 22 this upcoming season.

  • Jamal Murray, 23 and Yokich, 25.

  • You know what that means?

  • They're all likely to mean Porter obviously is ascending.

  • But Murray and Yogurt, you're probably gonna be better.

  • And that's in the regular season.

  • In the playoffs, they were way better than they were in the regular season.

  • So take watch Murray and Yokich this past season, make them better twice and give them a third wheel who really can score.

  • You can't play defense yet, but he can score and then think of how they played under pressure.

  • Stephen A.

  • As of this moment, I think they have the best shot.

  • Well, I'm gonna tell you why you're wrong, and I respect that.

  • I respect where you're coming from, but I'm very wrong.

  • That's right.

  • You know, you dio here's the Here's the reason why you're wrong.

  • Though you may have forgotten that the Warriors have the number two overall pick in this upcoming draft.

  • You've got a guy like James Wiseman out of Memphis who can fall to them.

  • You got this guy?

  • I think his name is a Kong Woo or something like that out here.

  • USC, you got that kid topping the token?

  • Um, out of Dayton, you're gonna end up with one of those dudes to play alongside Draymond green.

  • So you're talking about an athletic dude with size that, in all likelihood is going to be able to defend, have some athleticism, can do some things around the basket.

  • We're playing stuff out on the wings.

  • Oh, my God.

  • Oh, my Lord.

  • Oh, my Lord.

  • Look, man, I'm trying to tell you.

  • All right?

  • Now, if there is no question and then you let's not forget this, Max, we know we're not talking about the future because I see Denver winning a championship down the road.

  • But what I'm talking about is the immediate future, meaning next season with the Lakers is the reigning defending NBA champions.

  • Clay Thompson was out the whole season.

  • You know how much he's chomping at the bits with all of these cats, doubt and what this brother could bring to the table because he got injured and all this up.

  • Steph Curry being out Last year, they went toe five straight NBA Finals.

  • They won three championships, including won back to back.

  • And you got folks talking about Steph Curry and Clay like like like we forgot who the hell they are.

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Meanwhile, N BA players will have just 71 days off between the end of last season and the start of this season.

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