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Luke Walton Believes Lakers Have Potential To Develop Into Championship Contender

Luke Walton Believes Lakers Have Potential To Develop Into Championship Contender
Published On: Mon, Sep 17
Jun 21, 2016; El Segunda, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers new head coach Luke Walton talks to the media during a press conference at Toyota Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Any time a team adds a player like LeBron James, who has made it to eight straight NBA Finals, the pressure on them immediately increases. For the Los Angeles Lakers, arguably nobody will feel the expectations rise than head coach Luke Walton.

He will have the difficult job of bringing together James and the rest of the veterans with the existing young core. Most see the Lakers as a likely playoff team, but not necessarily a title contender. Though,A James disagrees with that, and Walton has the same belief.

DuringA a€œAn Evening With the Lakers,a€A Walton spoke about the possibility of his team being a championship contender and how that can come to fruition as the season goes on:

a€œSeptember, probably not. Do I think come April, come playoff months? Absolutely I think we are. It takes time. You never just put a team together and theya€™re instantly a championship contender. Thata€™s what the regular season is going to be all about this year. Thata€™s what these guys coming in every day, playing together, getting to know each other, lifting weights together, is about. I think by the time the season comes and goes and we get towards the playoffs, if all goes the way we plan, then yeah, I truly believe we are.a€

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