The Brooklyn Nets grabbed the headlines again, this time signing veteran LaMarcus Aldridge, but LA Lakers CEO Jeanie Buss has a message to the upstart Nets: “Bring it.”
Buss and the defending champions have watched the Nets set up a clinic this season to recruit veteran talent, amassing a roster of former and current All-Stars.
But the champions don’t seem to be worried about the Eastern Conference’s brand new power.
“It brings out the best in us” Buss told Stephen A, during Stephen As World on ESPN +. “When teams identify us as the team to beat, and prepare to face us, it forces us to work harder. Then do it.
The Lakers didn’t sit idly by, picking up Andre Drummond from the Cleveland Cavaliers after the Cavs bought out his contract.
Drummond will provide much needed front line assistance in Anthony Davis’ absence.
“The addition of André Drummond, who we have taken over in the buyout market, will certainly strengthen a season where we have had to deal with injuries and COVID,” said Buss, referring to Davis, Marc Gasol and most recently LeBron James. “[Gasol]was out for several weeks with COVID and a really tough case where he was on a minutes restriction even though he’s back in the lineup.
Gamers aren’t the only ones missing games due to COVID.
The Lakers still haven’t hung their 2019-20 championship banner, waiting for fans to join them in the stands for now.
“We want to ensure the safety of our fans. This is the most important, ”said Buss. “But I’m a little jealous that the LA Dodgers have fans for their opener, and really the difference is being on the outside versus inside like us. What I hope is that we will have fans in time for the playoffs. This is really what is missing.