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After he lit into the Brooklyn Nets for his 10th triple-double of the season, and helped the Lakers maintain their perfect 12-0 record in back-to-back games, LeBron James said his Western Conference-leading Lakers do not need a third star player to complement himself and Anthony Davis if they hope to win an NBA championship this season.
Speculation on what the Lakers will or won’t do before the trade deadline has been rampant, and James was asked by a reporter postgame if a mid-season roster change was necessary.
“No. We have enough right now, but it’s not about competing or worry about June,” he said after a 27-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound performance at Barclays Center on Thursday. “It’s about January, and if we continue to get better throughout January and we move onto February and continue to get better.
“We’re a really good team, but we’re not a great team yet. We shouldn’t be. We’re just now being put together in September, and from September to now, we’re a better team. And if we continue this trend and continue to put ourselves in position where we can compete for a championship and have a chance — and in this league and in sports in general, all you want is a chance.”
The Lakers have more than a chance. They have the best record in the Western Conference and have reduced most opponents to dust on a nightly basis. The only team standing with a better record is the Milwaukee Bucks, and both are the only teams with a single-digit loss column.
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