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Charles Barkley says the Nuggets and Timberwolves are better than the Lakers

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Charles Barkley says the Nuggets and Timberwolves are better than the Lakers

LeBron James will play for the Lakers next season.

But Charles Barkley doesn't think the expectations should be too high.

"They're No. 5 seed, maybe six in the West," Barkley said on The Dan Patrick Show. "I don't think they're better than Oklahoma City, I don't think they're better than the Denver Nuggets.

"The Rockets to me are the surprising team because I think they have regressed. I'm a big Trevor Ariza fan ... Minnesota's better than the Lakers. As great as LeBron is -- I see them as the 4, 5, 6 seed."

OK. Let's try to unpack this.

Assuming Barkley thinks the Warriors are better than the Lakers, he has four teams -- Golden State, Oklahoma City, Denver, Minnesota -- at minimum ahead of Los Angeles.

What about Utah or Portland or San Antonio or New Orleans?

Barkley said the Rockets got worse, but does he have them ahead of the Lakers? We don't know at this point.

One thing we certainly know:

"The West is unbelievable," Barkley said. "He (LeBron) got 20 easy wins the last few years. He won't get those easy 20 wins in the Western Conference."

On a recent episode of the Warriors Outsiders Podcast, I had the Lakers at No. 6 in the West while Grant Liffmann had them at No. 7.

We reserve the right to change our opinion when we make our final predictions in mid-October! 

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Why anonymous NFL offensive coordinator compares Chiefs to Warriors

Why anonymous NFL offensive coordinator compares Chiefs to Warriors

The Warriors (10-38) -- after making five straight trips to the NBA Finals -- boast the worst record in the NBA.

And there is one anonymous NFL offensive coordinator who apparently isn't aware the Dubs have fallen so far.

When offering his insight on the upcoming Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, this is what the coach told Mike Sando of The Athletic:

"The problem for San Francisco is, Kansas City is the type of team that could have 40 plays on offense and score 35 points. I mean, who is down 24-0 and scores 51 unanswered points, all on offense? It’s unreal. Their offense is ridiculous because of the speed. Their No. 4 (receiving option) is better than some teams’ ones. Sammy Watkins is their fourth and he might be their fifth because Damien Williams is probably a better option.

If I’m in (Kyle Shanahan's) shoes, I’m not panicking. If we are down 14, I’m probably not thinking I’m going one-dimensional until eight minutes are left in the fourth quarter, because you just know it’s going to be hard to stop Kansas City on back-to-back series. You might go on a little run, and usually it’s early with those guys, but once Kansas City gets going, they are hard to stop. I never feel like they are struggling. I feel like they have spurts. They are like the Golden State Warriors. They are cold and then all of a sudden they start hitting 3s and now you are f--ked."

That's how it was for Golden State the prior five seasons. But things are a little different this year.

[RELATED: How 49ers' Ford has moved on from crucial offsides penalty]

One final tangent -- Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes loves Steph Curry:

You got to love it.

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NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Quinn Cook changing number to honor Kobe Bryant

NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Quinn Cook changing number to honor Kobe Bryant

Quinn Cook grew up in the Washington D.C. area worshipping the Los Angeles Lakers.

He loved Kobe Bryant.

So it's not a surprise that the former Warriors guard -- who signed a two-year contract with the Lakers last summer -- is honoring the NBA legend following Bryant's death:

Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were two of nine people who tragically died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash.

[RELATED: Why Kobe's death made Perkins want to end beef with Durant]

Cook and the rest of the basketball world will help ensure that their legacies live on forever.

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