Stephen A. Smith Defends LeBron James After Walt Frazier’s Comments

Arnold Nichols
March 20, 2019

The NBA has become a superstar driven league over the past decade - arguably since the infamous "The Decision" special, with LeBron James announcing his intentions to join the Miami Heat.

If it thought things couldn't feel more hopeless, Los Angeles sure didn't play like it in NY. Damyean Dotson led the team with 21 points on nine of 19 shooting, Kadeem Allen added 16 points while DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 11 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.

You remember right before the trade deadline when a picture went viral of LeBron looking like he was isolating himself from the rest of the Lakers during a 42-point loss to the Pacers? From there, things quickly deteriorated for the Lakers and now they find themselves 11th in the Western Conference with nearly no hope at making it to the postseason. I'm honestly not sure how much worse it could get. In public, you've got to be part of the team. Two teams out of the postseason. Knicks TV analyst Walt Frazier criticized James for not publicly being more part of the team, saying James "doesn't really care" about the perception.

It was the latest low in a downright miserable second half of the season.


Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games, 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games against a team below.400 and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall. After missing 12 games with a leg injury. "Not going to name any names, because every time I say something, or our organization says something about a specific person, we get in trouble".

"Like I said, we couldn't close out possessions or get enough timely buckets on the other end". "Take those lumps now and later on in his career no one will remember this stuff, when he now is the guy that's beating up on the kids".

Lakers coach Luke Walton said he was "thrilled" for Brandon Ingram, who had thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right arm Saturday. "He's a young man that has his whole future ahead of him so it was good to hear that everything was successful".

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