“I feel it is fairly cool,” Thompson mentioned of seeing James in a Lakers jersey. “I do not suppose you’ll have guessed it when he was with the Cavs when he began his rookie season but it surely’s including a ton of curiosity within the league, and the Lakers are about to get the standard media protection that I used to be used to rising up.”Having performed towards James and his former crew, the Cavaliers, in 4 straight NBA Finals, Thompson is aware of the depth stage might be ramped up now that the previous MVP is within the Western Convention.
“Nicely the instances we have seen him he is all the time been on the high of the East in the course of the Finals,” Thompson mentioned. “And people video games are all the time intense. I anticipate him to enormously enhance the Lakers they usually’ve clearly bought a bunch of men who’re confirmed now. So I simply anticipate it to be intense. Any time you play towards arguably the most effective participant on the planet, it doesn’t matter what sport, you wish to measure your self towards him so that you play as onerous as you’ll be able to, and that is why guys like Steph, KD, Kobe, LeBron, James Harden, any [top] guys face their opponent’s greatest sport each night time, so it is going to be no totally different once we play the Lakers.”
Each Thompson and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr are trying ahead to the budding rivalry between the Lakers and Warriors this season, particularly with James within the fold.
“That is most likely the primary time it is lined up,” Kerr mentioned after Tuesday’s observe. “Did Sleepy Floyd get his 29 towards the Lakers in a single quarter? That may most likely be the most important second. So for Warriors followers that is most likely the most important second of the Laker-Warrior rivalry. I am positive the Lakers by no means actually checked out it as a rivalry all these years after they have been dominating, however this might be enjoyable. We’re in the identical division, clearly each groups have a number of expertise and the environment goes to be nice. Even within the preseason, I feel persons are going to be actually trying ahead to it.”
Thompson believes the rivalry between Northern California and Southern California will solely develop now with the Warriors coming off two titles and James anticipated to carry the Lakers again to prominence.
“Bay-L.A. in any sport is all the time nice,” Thompson mentioned. “It can positively carry over to basketball, that is for positive.”
Thompson mentioned he is been having the NorCal/SoCal debate with buddies for years.
“The music, artwork, motion pictures, vacation spot,” Thompson mentioned. “There’s all the time a NorCal/SoCal debate and that is what makes it so nice … highschool sports activities, professional sports activities, musicians, athletes, we all the time had a debate the place the expertise was at.”
After Wednesday’s sport in Vegas, the Warriors and Lakers face one another once more on Friday in San Jose. Their first regular-season matchup is on Christmas night time at Oracle Enviornment. Kerr is aware of the feelings in all of the arenas might be charged up when the groups face one another.“Staples is a special vibe,” he mentioned “It isn’t like an Oklahoma Metropolis or a Salt Lake the place it is simply noise and depth. It is extra like, ‘Man, that is the cool place to be in L.A. tonight.’ Clearly it has been a really star-driven franchise. So for them to have LeBron makes Staples the place to be and you may really feel that vibe, we’ll really feel that vibe as a visiting crew once we’re in there. I stay up for it.”
Warriors ahead Draymond Green won’t play in Wednesday’s sport towards the Lakers as he continues to rehab a sore left knee.
“Draymond’s not going to play [Wednesday],” Kerr mentioned. “We’ll be cautious. He is nonetheless bettering however we really feel snug giving him another day … after which we have six days ’til the opener so the plan is to start out observe and play him on Friday and he’ll be prepared for the opener.”