Kendrick Perkins slams the Lakers for not being able to step up and help their leaders LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Entering the 2020-2021 campaign, the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers were looking to be the favorites to win their second consecutive title. Behind the leadership of the All-Star duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers were looking pretty strong.
However, this season is absolutely nowhere close to what LAL might’ve imagined for themselves. The Lakers are in some serious trouble right now. The “deadly” team has now fallen to the 7th seed, falling to the play-in tournament.
Even though injuries riddled their superstars, the other players didn’t rise up as expected. Even with the hyped addition of Andre Drummond to the squad, it hasn’t been a pretty sight for the 17-time champions.
Without Bron and AD on the floor, the remaining Lakers just can’t seem to find any spark to ignite their offence. While their defense has been great, someone needs to step up and take responsibility on the offensive side of the floor.
Kendrick Perkins criticizes the Lakers for not stepping up when required
Analyst Kendrick Perkins is one of many who believes that Lakers players are just not good without LBJ and Davis on the floor. In a recent interview, Perkins went on to criticize virtually the entire LAL squad:
“The others are not that good. “I know that this team was built around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. But Andre Drummond went on a worldwide tour once he got bought out. Went visiting and taking phone calls and doing all of that.”
“And I expected more out of him. I’m expecting more out of him and he’s not lived up to it. I’m expecting to see Andre Drummond to go out there and be that guy, to go out there and get you 15 and 15 a night along with 3 blocks and he’s not doing it.”
“I would expect Kyle Kuzma this is your opportunity to elevate your game right now and show the world that ‘Hey, I am a guy that you could mention when you start mentioning these young guys around the league without LeBron James being there so.”
“When I look at the Laker roster, I’m looking at Markieff Morris and I’m looking at Caldwell-Pope. And I’m looking at these guys and I’m like, I understand that y’all don’t have y’all top dogs but you at least got to show some type of fight. You at least got to show something that you belong.”
Los Angeles Lakers are now at a very underwhelming 7th seed of the strong Western Conference. However with future Hall-Of-Famer LeBron James on the lineup, knowing his capabilities, the team still can’t be ruled out of the contingent any time soon.