NBA midfielder Olden Polynice said Thursday that the LA Lakers are no rivals, despite LeBron James’ efforts and the list with the former All-Stars.
On Thursday the Spotify podcast episode of “The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker,” Polynice said:
“I don’t care how LeBron plays, he doesn’t have enough”
LeBron James carrying the Lakers
LeBron James, who has scored at least 31 points in 11 games in his last 12 games, compares with 29.1 in each game. He is second in the league and the best in the league from 2009-2010, when he won his second consecutive MVP award. The 37-year-old compares 7.4 rebounds with 6.6 assists along with it.
But despite James playing at his highest level, the Lakers (21-21) are seventh in the Western Conference.
“The Lakers are not a fitness club. They were not arrested for competition. Sorry to the Lakers fans.”
Polynice is not alone in his thoughts, with the Lakers’ frustration one of the biggest issues in this NBA season. With the move of the season to bring together almost the entire All-Stars team, they seem to be not doing very well.
On December 21, researcher Bill Simmons wrote on Twitter that he was not surprised by the tragedy that took place in Los Angeles:
Dedicated to famous players like 10-All-Star Carmelo Anthony, All-Star nine times Russell Westbrook and All-Star eight times Dwight Howard, The Lakers were very committed. Selling key players to develop their future, they left their future in the hands of a few players.
On Aug. 6, Lakers sign new contractors Anthony, Westbrook, Kent Bazemore, Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monki, Kendrick Nunn, Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington and Howard. It is a huge list of big names that have been added to make James and Anthony Davis, one might wonder how Los Angeles managed to cope.
Davis’ injury did not help. He has missed 12 games so far. Davis had approximately 23.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. When he returns, he will receive a notice of strength in the back of the glass. Los Angeles is 5-7 when Davis was separated.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shared what he was told about Davis’ return:
“Anthony Davis took part in a stint in court on Friday, four weeks from the day he shot the MCL in his left knee … a long trip at the end of the month.”
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The Lakers will be delighted when their senior star returns. But despite James playing as well as he did when he had a healthy Davis, Los Angeles still looked immovable. Only time will tell if the Lakers can put the pieces they need to work on one final task.