Steve Kerr makes striking comparison between current Lakers team and 73-9 Warriors

Robert Marvi
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It is all too common in pro sports for the reigning champs to start their title defense with fatigue, a hangover, complacency, overconfidence or a combination thereof.

However, none of those maladies seem to be afflicting the Los Angeles Lakers.

In fact, it reminds Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr of the enviable state that his team was in during the 2015-16 NBA season.

The previous year, the Warriors had won the NBA championship against an injury-riddled Cleveland Cavaliers squad.

The Warriors came into the new season white-hot at both ends of the floor and established a 73-9 regular season record.

Of course, they faltered in the NBA Finals, blowing a 3-1 lead and Game 7 on their home court to those same Cavs.

After a sluggish start to this season, the Lakers are looking like their championship selves again after winning their last four games in blowout fashion. As of Sunday, they rank fifth in offensive rating and tops in defensive rating.

L.A. will meet the current-day Warriors on Monday.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.