Why Lakers’ Jeanie Buss isn’t Worried About The Competition Posed By Rivals like Brooklyn Nets

Published 04/01/2021, 12:05 AM EDT
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 24: Jeanie Buss attends 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)


Even before the season began and the Brooklyn Nets pulled off the biggest trade of the offseason by adding James Harden to form the ‘Big Three’, they were speculated to be the team that will give the Lakers a hard time in defending their title. And now, as the season has progressed, the chances of the Nets winning the title become better and better.

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With all of their big moves, adding Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge, they’ve become the most dominant team in the league. However, this barely scares the Lakers’ president, Jeanie Buss.

Jeanie Buss challenges the Brooklyn Nets

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On one hand, there are the Brooklyn Nets, who have finally taken over the Eastern Conference. It wasn’t easy for them to snatch the top seed from the Philadelphia 76ers. But now, with their 33-15 record, they have made their case for a title this year, stronger. Then, there are the Los Angeles Lakers, who hit a wall when two of their superstars got injured.

With LeBron James and Anthony Davis out without a timeline for their return, fans are worried sick. However, the Lakers have found their groove back and have won two games straight.

Moreover, adding big man Andre Drummond has brought some much-needed relief. While this isn’t enough to calm the purple and gold fans, Jeanie Buss is more than confident in her team.

Talking about the Nets building a super team and the threat that comes with it, Buss had a rather positive response.

“It brings out the best in us. When teams identify us as the team to beat and they gear up to go at us head-to-head, that makes us work harder,” Buss said. “So, bring it on.”

Mar 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) goes in for a shot in front of San Antonio Spurs in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Why shouldn’t the Lakers be worried?

The Lakers were not expected to win any game without Davis and Bron at their disposal. This is a team that relied on them heavily during last season’s run to the championship as well.

While it started out as expected, with them losing games consecutively, they have finally gotten back to their winning ways.

Even though there is no set timeline for their return, they are likely to be present during the postseason. However, that will happen if they are fit enough to not hamper their health in the long run.

As long as Davis and Bron coming back into the roster is in the books, the Lakers can remain tension free. This is probably why Jeanie Buss feels the way she does.

Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward Anthony Davis (left) talks to Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half against the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

 

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The Nets are ready to break the Lakers and dethrone them this year. Will the dream of watching the Lakers win another title get crushed? Or will they show Brooklyn why they are the reigning champions?

Read also- Not LeBron James but KCP and Markeiff Played a Big Role in Andre Drummond’s Trade to Lakers

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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