With a roster that includes LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony, the Los Angeles Lakers were supposed to be a contender for the NBA Finals. Instead, they’ve been a massive disappointment and find themselves barely holding onto a play-in game status to make the playoffs.
Sunday evening, the Lakers’ pitiful season was in full display thanks to 123-95 drubbing at home to the equally lowly New Orleans Pelicans. The performance was perhaps best summed up by an errant pass by DeAndre Jordan in the third quarter that didn’t appear to come within a mile of any actual player.
"Thought the fans deserved a souvenir after this."
"They don't want a souvenir from this game." pic.twitter.com/s2HGBlc42t
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) February 28, 2022
Third quarter: Pelicans 95, Lakers 65
The third quarter was a calamity of errors — turnovers, missed layups, boos. LA's body language and effort said it all. In a disappointing season full of lows, this is a new low point. LA is up to 21 turnovers — LeBron & Russ each have 7.
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) February 28, 2022
By the time the game was over, the Lakers were booed out of The Crypt and it was hard not to see the loss as some kind of referendum of what a failed experiment this team is. And when you looked at the reactions on Twitter from the basketball world, it’s clear that LA is, somehow, the laughing stock of the league right now.
My surgically repaired hip doesn’t hurt as bad as watching the Lakers play. This is PAINFUL. No further comments will be provided at this time 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) February 28, 2022
It's an honor and a privilege to get to watch a Lakers team this hilariously bad pic.twitter.com/zHXGL60s5Y
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 28, 2022
Flex Lakers games for the rest of the season
— KENNY BEECHAM (@KOT4Q) February 28, 2022
The Lakers, losers of 8 out of 11 coming into the night, are booed off the court here by the https://t.co/RbGGF9G7ZG crowd with a timeout with 5:39 remaining in the 3rd Q, down 22 to the Pelicans – a team they are trying to stave off in the playoff race.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 28, 2022
All BS aside the Lakers are really disrespecting the Game of basketball right now! That bad body language and careless basketball ain’t it. Show some type of pride and respect for the Game! Carry on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 28, 2022
Ingram is just GIVING it to the Lakers. Goodness. No spirit or fight out there from the home team.
Gotta factor in the injuries but man … it is astonishing to see a LeBron James team this punchless.
He’s never had less help and never needed more.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 28, 2022
With all the rumors and reports about LeBron and his relationship with the team’s brass, it’s hard to imagine that there’s much future in the current lineup and changes are coming. Whatever form that takes remains to be seen, but one thing that people really don’t want to see much more of is this team.