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Kobe Bryant praises the Lakers' offseasons signings and makes a surprising claim

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-08-24 23:55:11

All eyes will be on the Los Angeles Lakers next season after they pulled off the biggest free agent acquisition of the summer by landing LeBron James. 

When the best player in the league decides to join a historic franchise and the most glamorous market, it's obviously a big deal. 

The NBA's decision to give the Lakers the most nationally televised games (43) next year shows that they are must-watch TV. 

Raised eyebrows

After signing LeBron to a four-year deal, L.A. made a number of curious free agency moves.

They agreed one-year deals with Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley. 

Many have questioned how they'll fit alongside James and the strategy behind the signings. 

But Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is a fan of his former team's offseason dealings and believes that they have built a team that can compete with the Golden State Warriors. 

“I think they’re building the team smartly, they’re building strong physical players that play the game with pace," Bryant told Extra's Mario Lopez.

"They have basketball players. What I mean by that is they don’t have players that are one-dimensional.

"They have players who can handle the ball, shoot the ball, pass the ball, defend the ball.

"So when you're building a team with that kind of versatility and physicality, that's something that can challenge (the Golden State Warriors), because you can’t beat Golden State by playing Golden State-style.

"It's just not going to happen.”

Adding smart players

When the Cleveland Cavaliers were swept by the Warriors in last season's finals, LeBron lamented the lack of high basketball IQ players on his team and said that was essential to beat them. 

Magic Johnson took this on board and believes he's put a roster in place that will give the King the help he needs. 

Rondo is regarded as one of the smartest players in the league and his addition is one that makes sense. 

Right now the Lakers have James, a talented young core and a bunch of veterans and it's difficult to predict how they'll perform together. 

Head coach Luke Walton will be tasked with finding his best starting five and a system to get the best out of his players during training camp. 

It may be a little ambitious to think this team can challenge the Warriors as they lack real star power outside of LBJ. 

Having missed out on the playoffs for five straight seasons, their number one priority should be to end this drought. 

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