The arrival of LeBron James in Los Angeles to join the Lakers without question is a monumentally significant step in the iconic organization’s ongoing return to respectability and legitimacy.

James, however, is fully aware of the fact that the Lakers have far too much to prove before the team should be considered legitimate contenders for an NBA title.

The Lakers are set to face the defending champion Golden State Warriors in a preseason game on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. And James is expected to be in the Lakers’ lineup.

Given that Wednesday’s exhibition in Sin City marks the first time the Warriors will face a LeBron-led Lakers squad — albeit in a meaningless game  — James was asked about a supposed budding rivalry between the two California-based NBA squads.