“Fishnets, Hairnets, Brooklyn Nets”: Los Angeles Lakers Fans Ooze Confidence After Team’s First Look

Published 09/30/2021, 12:57 PM EDT
SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #23 Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


Los Angeles Lakers are favorites to bag the Western Conference title in the coming season. Since they have stacked their roster with veteran all-star caliber talent.

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Several experts including ESPN’s Power Rankings place the Lakers as the strongest contenders from the Western Conference. Moreover, some experts have confidently declared the Lakers as their prime candidate to win it all this season.

Fox Sports 1’s Shannon Sharpe is among these experts who believe the Lakers can take it all this season. Shannon Sharpe has always been a supporter of LeBron James and is known for often defending him against Skip Bayless’ criticism on their show.

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He hilariously tweeted from his weekly podcast’s account about his support for the Lakers.

Shannon Sharpe’s bold claim about the Los Angeles Lakers

After Media Day, teams published their team photographs, Shannon edited a picture of himself with a team picture of the Lakers. Since the Nets versus Lakers matchup is well anticipated across the league, Shannon captioned his tweet with a reference to that.

His confidence in the Lakers is like half the NBA community divided on this match-up. This fixture is most anticipated because of the match-up of the superstar duo: Kevin Durant and LeBron James. They were both the captains of the All-Star Teams last season. This shows they are both fan-favorites in each of their respective conferences. Therefore, their match-up is the one to look out for.

CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 09: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors speak after a foul in the third quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant vs LeBron James: A Head to Head Analysis

Games Played in Regular Season: 21

LeBron James Wins: 15, Kevin Durant Wins: 6

Games Played in Playoffs: 14

LeBron James Wins: 5, Kevin Durant Win: 9

Combined Record: LeBron James- 20 wins, Kevin Durant- 15 wins.

These two players are not rivals but their numbers surely give that indication. Despite that, they have a lot of mutual respect for each other, but since they play in similar positions their match-up becomes the center of attention.

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While the fan reactions are mostly hilarious responses to Shay’s editing, the one that stands out is the Bucks fan. He reminds the experts to not discount Milwaukee Bucks in this race for the title. Will the Bucks be a thorn in the Lakers’ route to championship glory? Since they are current champions, we should not forget them from this race.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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