LeBron James Says Teams In East Are Going For It Because They Don’t Have To Go Through Him

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The Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks all made significant additions prior to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. LeBron James could only watch as his Los Angeles Lakers failed to land Anthony Davis via trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Being that it’s LeBron’s first season in the Western Conference, he shared with Joe Vardon of The Athletic why he thought the Eastern Conference teams made bold moves this season.

“Those top teams in the East, yeah, they’re going for it,” James told The Athletic. “Toronto is going for it, Milwaukee’s going for it, Philly. Boston believes they can do it, too. They know they ain’t gotta go through Cleveland anymore.

“Everybody in the East thinks they can get to the Finals because they ain’t gotta go through me.”

James, 34, recently returned after missing almost five weeks with a groin injury that he suffered on Christmas. The Lakers went 6-11 while he was out and currently sit as the No. 10 team in the Western Conference. It will be an uphill battle for LeBron to get L.A. into the Playoffs but he’s looking forward to watching the East.

“S—, I was excited seeing all the moves they made in the East today,” James told The Athletic. “Those matchups in the second round, in the Eastern Conference finals, that s— is gonna be crazy. It’s gonna be fun to watch.”