Even though the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets will become bigger rivals in next season’s Western Conference, Daryl Morey heaped praise on LeBron James.
James, the Lakers’ key acquisition during a busy summer, was once rumored to be a possibility in Houston. Morey, the Rockets general manager, could never move enough salaries to make such a signing remotely feasible.
However, Morey certainly wanted LeBron–and he recently explained why he thinks the new Laker is the best player in NBA history “by a bit of a big margin.”
"You look at his ability to generate wins and championship probability over time, and you basically break that down,” Morey said on the Dan Patrick Show. “You don't need all the numbers. You can watch as well and see that.”
Morey admitted his take might be “controversial,” but he is certainly one who would know. Considered one of the top executives in the league today, Morey is renowned for being one of the founding fathers of analytics. He has been the head of basketball operations in Houston for 11 seasons.
Morey expects his Rockets, who won a league-high 65 games in 2017-18, to finish ahead of the Lakers in the standings, but he conceded that anything is possible with LeBron now in the West.
"I would expect, I hope, that we're ahead of them and I would expect Golden State to be ahead of them, but I would never count out a LeBron James team. He is the greatest ever in my mind,” Morey added.
LeBron, at 33 years of age, is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his storied career.
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