Clippers better than the Lakers or quite simply the best ever?
Mike D’Antoni has 16 championship titles to back him up as one of the most authoritative figures on the court. Therefore, the Los Angeles Lakers coach means it when he suggests his side will have a challenge on their hands to upset the 16-game winning streak of the Los Angeles Clippers.
“They're real good and they're having a great streak, so we'll have to reckon with them and they're kind of setting the bar of where we need to get to,” Mike D’Antoni said.
The Los Angeles Clippers will play against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday having recorded a league best of 24-6. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Lakers can only talk about a 15-15 tally. Mike D’Antoni understands that if his side doesn’t pay attention or succumb to complacent form they will be allowing one of the underdogs to compete for the NBA title this season.
“As much as you notice Oklahoma City,” Mike D’Antoni said whilst explaining that the competition in NBA had increased. “As much as you notice Miami. You watch. They're a very good basketball team but I don't get caught up that they're across town. You can't help where they are. But yeah, they're good.”
Lakers star Kobe Bryant reckons the Los Angeles Clippers might be one of the best teams he has seen in his 17 seasons in the NBA.
“I don't think it's a question about it,” Kobe Bryant said upon being asked if the Clippers were the best.
“To put together win streaks that are that long, it shows a lot of focus, it shows a lot of unity and a lot of depth because they can beat you multiple ways. If you're going to have a winning streak that's that extensive, you have to have guys coming in from all aspects of the game.”
The Los Angeles Clippers have turned themselves into brilliantly orchestrated unit in just a season even though they have seven new players in the 14-man roster. Matt Barnes, Jamal Crawford, Willie Green, Grant Hill, Ryan Hollins, Lamar Odom and Ronny Turiaf are the seven players who have joined the Los Angeles Clippers this season.
A number of players from the above mentioned list have played together before joining the Los Angeles Clippers. Kobe Bryant reckons that’s one of the reasons the Clippers have recorded impeccable team chemistry this season.
“They have a lot of guys who have played together before,” Kobe Bryant said in reference to Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, Ronny Turiaf and Caron Butler. “They're very familiar with each other, so even if it seems like they slapped a lot of talent together, which they did, but a lot of those guys have been together before and they understand how to play together.”