LeBron James' addition at the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason has certainly spiced things up a little bit in the Western Conference heading into the 2018-19 NBA season.
James has transformed the Lakers into a contender in West overnight, and the other veterans which they have added to what is already a very promising young core means things are looking bright in Los Angeles this season.
If the Lakers are contenders in the West, that means they'll be another opponent that the Golden State Warriors will have to deal with if they want to win their third NBA title in a row.
Speaking recently to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Warriors' Draymond Green reacted to LeBron signing a four-year, $153 million deal with the Lakers this summer and what it means for Golden State.
Green said that he likes LeBron signing for the Lakers because he made the decision for himself despite the criticism he received.
He said: “That is great. He was able to make a decision he wanted to make regardless of whatever anyone thought. To see someone make that kind of decision is always exciting to see.”
As for if James and the Lakers pose a threat to him and the Warriors in the Western Conference next season, Green isn't concerned because they're too busy focusing on Golden State instead most of the time.
"Teams worry about us. We don't worry about nobody. We are the champs. Why do we have to worry about anybody? They have to worry about us. They say we are ruining the league. I love it!"
The Warriors have had the better of the Lakers for some time now, as the Los Angeles hasn't won a playoff series since 2012, and they haven't won a championship since 2010.
Even with James in the West now, the Warriors have responded to make sure their rule of dominance continues, as they signed DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year deal this summer.
The two teams will play each other on Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day next season.
CLICK HERE to listen to Episode Two of the new GiveMeSport NBA podcast, featuring New York Times senior writer Marc Stein. Subscribe for all future episodes.