LeBron James has been facing the wrath from all corners after the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from play-in contention earlier this week. Hopes were high from the 4x NBA champion this season as the Lakers management added Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and more veterans to the mix to add solidity to the team before the season started.
However that experiment didn’t work, as the Lakers looked below average all season long with their insipid performances, making it impossible for LeBron to lead them to the playoffs, let alone win the NBA championship. The Lakers have hit nadir and disappointed fans have even termed this team as the the “worst team ever”.
Following their elimination from play-in contention, everybody has had something to say, including Stephen A. Smith, who doesn’t think LeBron should be considered a GOAT candidate. During a recent edition of ESPN’s First Take, the controversial analyst made a case against No. 6.
Smith Says “The GOAT Conversation Is Officially Over.”
“This is the worst season of LeBron James’ career cause I’m not talking about his numbers, and I’m not talking about what he did as a player,” Smith said, via Sam Leweck of Lakers Daily. “I’m talking about what he’s a part of. The G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) conversation is officially over. It was never there for me. It was always Michael Jordan first, LeBron second. But if ever there was any doubt, this cemented the fact that LeBron James cannot be considered the G.O.A.T. That conversation is over. And you know why it’s over? Because LeBron James was on the Lakers averaging 29, 30 points a game — it still happened.”
The Lakers surely have a lot of soul searching to do heading into the off-season. The Purple and Gold had the potential to go all the way this campaign, but things didn’t play in their favor. The LeBron James-Russell Westbrook fit was never good and many folks warned the Lakers about that. They should be hoping to finish the season with a couple of consolation wins and see what they can do in the offseason.