After the Los Angeles Lakers lost consecutive games to the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers to drop to 0-2 on the season, veteran sports journalist Stephen A. Smith wasn’t shy about criticising the squad.
In light of the Lakers’ early-season troubles, Smith reinforced what everyone else has been telling them: their biggest issue is 3-point shooting, and they need to address it as quickly as possible.
While the Lakers are playing harder and more athletically than they did last season, the ESPN anchor noted that their shooting struggles effectively prevent them from getting anything going. Even Darvin Ham’s system, which Smith commended for bringing out a lot of “energy and passion” from the team, is unable to put them in serious title contention.
The Lakers were then given a warning from Stephen A. that they are like a ticking time bomb that will blow if no one intervenes to diffuse the situation.
“LeBron James and Anthony Davis are passing the ball to open shooters, y’all, and they are both making and missing easy jumpers. You cannot change that, unfortunately. You cannot shoot if you are unable to do so. Smith said of the Lakers, “You better get a deal done because this is heading for disaster.
Stephen A. is correct in his analysis. Despite confidence in the Lakers’ locker room following a relatively strong defensive performance against the Clippers, it is nevertheless true that they lost. It clearly illustrates how far away they are from being legitimate title contenders.
Of course, the Lakers are cognizant of their flaws. But it’s still unclear whether Rob Pelinka and the front office will be able to execute a deal that solves their issues. Furthermore, if they have intentions to execute it, the more important question is when.
After a 0-2 start, Stephen A. Smith unleashes a truth bomb on LeBron James and the Lakers, which initially published on ClutchPoints.