Coming off a championship season with the Toronto Raptors, forward Danny Green, who signed a two-year, $30 million deal with the Lakers last summer, was asked whether he worries about the inter-city rivalry between the Lakers and Clippers:
“No. We’re not worried about anybody but us. We feel like we have what we need (for a championship) and if we do things the right way like we’re supposed to, we feel like the only team that can beat us is us. So we just need to stay healthy and do things the right way. But they obviously have a good team, as well as some other teams in the west.
We’re definitely not sleeping on anybody. But were just worried about reaching our full potential. If we reach our full potential and don’t win, we can live with that. We can’t let small things like rivalries distract us from our goal of being the last ones standing,” Green said.
The 32-year-old sharpshooter averaged 10.3 points per game for the Raptors last regular season, shooting 3-pointers at 45%. In 24 playoff appearances he averaged 6.9 points and made 33% of threes.