Adding LeBron James to your team does a lot to help everyone's confidence.
While he didn't guarantee a victory over the two-time defending champions, Johnson was focused on his own team (h/t Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen and Roll):
"I think that we’ll look forward to that challenge. Everybody expects Golden State to win again but I would love to have the challenge to play them in the Western Conference Finals if we can get to that position. I’m a competitor, so I’m not scared of Golden State. I’m not worried about Golden State. They don’t keep me up at night. I know that we have a really solid team, a good team, and a tough-minded team. And we got guys now who are winners."
He also noted the addition of James, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee bring in a "championship mentality" after winning titles with various teams in the past.
Golden State is still the heavy favorite to win the 2019 NBA championship, currently listed at -175 ($175 bet to win $100) to win their fourth title in five years, according to OddsShark. However, the Lakers aren't too far back at 7-1 to win it all, giving fans in Los Angeles plenty of hope going forward.