Stephen A. Smith is furious with the impact of Lakers star Anthony Davis, says he needs to be better support to LeBron James.
The Lakers’ recent game against the Golden State Warriors could go down as one of the most entertaining games in NBA history. However, despite winning the contest, the performance of both LeBron James and Anthony Davis could be sources of worry for the franchise.
The King struggled throughout the first half due to having aggravated his ankle injury against the Pelicans. And since the star isn’t at 100% yet, the Brow will have to take over during big games, which brings us to his issues.
The former Pelican isn’t struggling with injury anymore, and seems to be fully healthy. However, the player seems to bail out opposing defenses with jumpers far too many times. And on several occasions, this has caused him to have inefficient games.
While most of the Lakers fan base is worried, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith is red hot about it. And in a recent episode of ‘Stephen A’s World’ he announced to the world exactly what his thoughts are on the topic.
Stephen A Smith on Anthony Davis versus the Suns
The NBA community hardly needs an introduction to Stephen A. Smith at this point. The 53-year-old has made a career out of making passionate takes on sports, on national television. His opinions on the topics aren’t always right, in fact, he gets it all wrong quite often. However, he is undeniably one of the most entreating sports analysts out there.
On a recent episode of ESPN’s ‘Stephen A’s world’, the analyst wanted to talk about the emphatic play-in game between the Lakers and Warriors. But instead of reveling in its beauty for too long, the analyst instead called out the performance of Anthony Davis. Take a listen.
The Lakers need MORE out of Anthony Davis. pic.twitter.com/vdVOdshjEJ
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) May 20, 2021
“If the Lakers are going to get anywhere near defending their title this year, LeBron needs Anthony Davis to show up again! I know Anthony Davis was technically on the court last night. Put up a pretty good stat-line by the end of the proceedings too. But the Lakers don’t need the Lakers they got in the play-in game!”
Smith continued on the topic.
“They don’t need a 6’10” monster of a man, shooting mid-range jumpers all the damn time. Falling away, putting up 6 three-point attempts…The Lakers needs Anthony Davis to get inside, to impose his will, to be a bully, to control the game from the post!”
As ridiculous as the analyst can be sometimes, he may have a point here. When Davis is motivated enough, there are very few players that can stop him on the interior. So, if he can go into games with that mentality, perhaps the Lakers stand a chance at a dominant title run once again.