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Danny Green: Lakers are similarly constructed like 2014 NBA champs Spurs

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Los Angeles Lakers' Danny Green (14) celebrates sinking a basket as Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) stands nearby during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Former San Antonio Spurs swingman Danny Green knows what it is like playing for an NBA title-winning team.

Green won one with the Spurs in 2014 and one with the Raptors along side ex-Spur Kawhi Leonard in 2019.

Now, he is playing for the Lakers that are heavy favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA title presuming the season will restart.

But does this Los Angeles team remind Green of the Spurs or the Raptors championship squad?

Green recently spoke with Jared Dudley about the current Lakers team and said it has similarities to the 2014 Spurs team.

“I feel like this Lakers team is more similar to our Spurs team than the Toronto team. In Toronto, we had a lot more younger guys. San Antonio, we had a lot more vets, older guys, but we had a mix. Me and Kawhi were a little younger, but in our primes, and then we had some of the older guys.
For us, the similarities I see is that we have a lot of experience, and we have the depth — we definitely have the depth. And obviously the most healthy team always wins, and that’s usually a little part of the luck, but a team that’s clicking at the right time.

That 2014 Spurs roster did have plenty of veterans led by Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Green, Patty Mills, Tiago Splitter, Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw.

Leonard was coming into his own NBA megastar and would win the Finals MVP.

Led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, this Lakers team also has a bevy of veterans who have won titles such as Rajon Rondo, Green, James, JaVale McGee to pair with young players like Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso and Markieff Morris.

But this comparison could end right here if the Lakers do not see another title in L.A. if and when the season resumes.

Twitter: @JeffGSpursZone

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