National Basketball Association season preview 2018-19: LeBron the Laker, what it means

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"We talk about the three-peat just because it's in front of us", two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry said.

A lot of people had their doubts about the Los Angeles Lakers heading into this season. A new arena is opening in Milwaukee, eight teams will have new coaches, and everyone will be looking to see if the Warriors can win a third straight title.

In all three debuts, James' teams have lost but it is not surprising considering they all get off to slow starts.

"Anytime y'all fall, stay down", James said. "They are not going to beat Golden State or Houston", he said.

Three-time National Basketball Association champion James chose to leave the Eastern Conference for the Los Angeles Lakers but has already said his new team, which have not made the playoffs since 2013, has "a long way to go" until they can challenge the Warriors.

Took the league by storm, but still seemed beatable until injuries lined up one series after another for them.

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"That's the thing I'm most proud of with our team", Curry said.

Your staff developed raw and unknown prospects into a core that was promising enough to attract the game's best player.

"None of us are ready for this run to come to an end", said Golden State's Draymond Green, part of all three Warriors' titles in this four-year run of dominance. "So we've got some young guys we're going to count on". "How you get there and how you kind of break up that mission on a day-to-day, game-by-game, month-by-month basis is what makes us great. But when we are focused and in tune with each other, understanding what we're trying to do to be successful, obviously we're tough". We've all got the same goal.

Playing at home wasn't necessarily an advantage for the Warriors last season, as they finished with the same record in Oakland (29-12) as on the road (29-12). What more could you ask for from an organisation to really elevate your game? After five years of rebuilding through the NBA Draft, the Lakers changed the landscape when they signed James to a four-year, $154 million contract. The main contenders to win the conference considered "Boston" Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and al Horford, "Philadelphia" Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and "Toronto" with Cavem Leonard, which exchanges from the "San Antonio" became one of the season events.

Kevin Durant will go up against his former team for the eighth time since leaving as a free agent in 2016, but likely won't go head-to-head with longtime teammate Russell Westbrook, who is expected to begin the season on the sidelines following arthroscopic knee surgery.