Charles Barkley explains why he believes the Los Angeles Lakers are in trouble even if LeBron James and Anthony Davis come back.
The cards just haven’t been dealt right to the LA Lakers this season. The franchise went to great lengths to strengthen their roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Unfortunately for the franchise, the superstar duo had been sidelined for a major chunk of the season due to their respective injuries.
Even now, with the postseason closer than ever, LeBron James is still unable to lace up due to aggravating his ankle injury two games into his return. And without him on the floor, and the Brow still looking to find his feet, the franchise is struggling to say the least.
Still, many fans have maintained that the team is still a clear favorite to win it all this upcoming season. However, it seems NBA legend Charles Barkley disagrees with that notion completely.
Charles Barkley says that the LeBron James and Anthony Davis coming back just in time for the play in tournament could spell trouble for the Lakers
As of now, the reigning champions sit just 6th in the Western Conference and have the same record as the 7th seeded Blazers. So, if the franchise gets into a funk and can’t get wins, it is very likely they will slip into a play in spot ahead of the postseason.
With this in mind, in the most recent episode of TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA’, questions were raised about the time off that the King and the Brow could conceivably take before things got dicey. And, it seems Chuck is convinced that if they take too long, it will be terrible for the franchise. Here is what he said.
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“I don’t like that idea. I don’t think you can just show up. Because those other teams, they’re going to be ready…The notion that LeBron and AD can miss all this time, and show up in a must (win) game situation… to me that’s a very difficult task.”
Its hard to disagree with the Chuckster here. No matter how incredible LeBron James and Anthony Davis are as athletes, they are still human.
They will inevitable lose a step or two for time missed. And in a competition where teams are hungry for the same spot, that could spell some real danger for the Los Angeles Lakers.