Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant have missed 23 and 24 games respectively. Stephen A Smith thinks that there is something fishy.
Coming off a championship season, Los Angeles Lakers looked to be the strong contenders to win back-to-back titles. Although, the team is been swamped with injuries. The All-Star duo of Anthony Davis and LeBron James are two of the Lakers sidelined with injuries.
Brooklyn Nets have now become the new favorites to win the championship, with the trio of Harden, Irving and Durant leading the team. Although, 11-time All-Star Kevin Durant, who is coming off a horrific Achilles injury, has missed more than half of the games this season.
AD and KD, both are crucial players for their respective teams. Both have now missed around six weeks of action, raising some eyebrows. ESPN analyst Stephen A Smith is one of the many who is feeling suspicious about the teams hiding something about their superstars. Smith said:
“I’m getting suspicious! Hasn’t KD been out a little bit too long? I bring up KD and AD in the same sentence. I mean, AD’s been out about 20 games. What I’m saying is, my antennas are getting raised.”
Stephen A. Smith Growing “Suspicious” That The Lakers And Nets Are Hiding Something About Kevin Durant And Anthony Davis
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“I’m about to get nosey”: Stephen A Smith
In a shortened 72-game season, it is difficult for a team for their best player to sit out 20+ games. Luckily for both the title-contenting teams, they have other MVP level players on the team to carry the load. Although, for the Lakers, James had been carrying most of the load in Davis’ absence. Now even LBJ has been sidelined by injuries.
Stephen A Smith expresses how he about to get nosey and look into the matter. He also stated how he was ‘beyond inquisitive’ at this point. Smith also gave in his opinions on the Lakers chances of winning. Stephen A said:
“I’m about to get nosey is what I’m trying to say. Usually, I’m just sitting back… but I’m getting suspicious. It’s been a little bit too long with these injuries and I’m starting to feel that it’s worse than we’re being led to believe…”
“Lakers ain’t winning the west without both -AD and LeBron. Ain’t happening. I ain’t worried about LeBron coming back. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not accusing of faking the injury, I would never do that to any player, especially LeBron.”
“Without AD, the Lakers might go home in the first round. I can’t see it cause LeBron don’t go home in the first round. But, I’m getting very very very suspicious. On the West Coast with AD and East coast with KD. I don’t give a damn, I’m beyond inquisitive at this point.”
Both the teams will need to rise up with the season coming to an end. With less than 30 games remaining in the regular season, they’ll have to figure out a way to give their best players some time on the floor. The players need to get some action on the court before starting the playoffs in full intensity.