If the Lakers make the playoffs, which looks more and more likely, Jerry West has an idea of how they'll do.
"I definitely wouldn't want to play them, I know that," West said. "I think they'd have a chance against anyone."
A Hall of Fame player with the Lakers and now an executive with the Golden State Warriors, West mentioned two teams the Lakers wouldn't want to face. The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs were not among them.
"I think if the Lakers would have their preference, they probably wouldn't want to play Denver. I don't think anyone would want to play them," West said Thursday on a conference call. "Denver has proven they can win on the road and they just don't lose at home."
West then said Memphis would be a tough matchup for the Lakers, comparing the Grizzlies to a "bunch of pack dogs" because of their defense. "To me, they've got the most underrated player in the league on their team in Marc Gasol," West said.
But as of now, the Lakers (36-33) would be more likely to play Oklahoma City or San Antonio in the first round, not Memphis or Denver.
"If you watch Oklahoma City, to me, they don't look like they're the same team," West said. "I think that they're terrific, but they lose a great player in James Harden, and that's going to happen to a lot of teams today, and can they make up for the loss of him? I'm not sure."
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