Phil Handy
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The Los Angeles Lakers should not be considered a title contender yet, according to assistant coach Phil Handy.

As Handy says, the Lakers have a great roster, but it’s is still too early to put them in the title picture.

“Paper doesn’t win championships for us. Those names that are on that paper, are some phenomenal names… We gotta do our work and make sure we gel.

Do we fit? These guys, they gotta figure out ways to play with each other and sacrifice, and let their names take over. You know, you look at that piece of paper and say, Lakers are loaded, automatic championship.

Nah man, we got a lot of work to do in terms of just gelling, finding our rhythm and being able to be cohesive as a unit,” Handy told SiriusXM, via Fadeaway World’s Lee Tran.

With the addition of Russell Westbrook, the Lakers formed their own version of Big-3 (along with LeBron James and Anthony Davis) and are set to challenge the Milwaukee Bucks for the title.