LeBron James sees a lot of work ahead for Lakers

    25 de septiembre de 2018

    El Segundo, California, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- The Los Angeles Lakers have "a long way to go" before they can challenge the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors, LeBron James said here Monday.

    "Hopefully some day we can put ourselves in position where we can compete for a championship as Golden State has done for the last few years," he said at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo a few months after joining the storied franchise on a four-year, $154 million contract.

    James, 33, has reached the NBA finals in each of the last eight seasons with the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    "I don't believe the only success in marking a season is winning a championship. There's only one champion. But that doesn't mean you're not successful," he told a press conference.

    "We are all new to each other, we have to take our bumps and our bruises," James said ahead of the first day of training camp for the 2018-2019 season. "There are going to be good times and bad times."

    As far as contending with Golden State, he emphasized that the Lakers, who made multiple acquisitions over the summer, are at the start of a process.

    "We got a long way to go to get to Golden State. They can pick up right where they left off, starting with training camp," James said. "We are picking up from scratch so we got a long way to go. We can't worry about what Golden State is doing."

    In light of all the expectations surrounding the Lakers, he was asked what causes him to feel pressure.

    He replied flatly: "Nothing."