Shaq laughs at NBA All-Star Saturday Night in 2020.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the most disappointing teams this NBA season. They’re currently sitting at 31-42 on the season, and in the ninth spot in the Western Conference.

The team has certainly struggled to find their team chemistry after the addition of Russell Westbrook last offseason. And it hasn’t helped that star forward Anthony Davis has been out for the team since injuring his ankle on February 16th. This is the second time this season that Davis has missed a large number of games for the team, and the eight-time All-Star has only played in 37 games on the year.

The Lakers are currently looking like they will be playing in the play-in tournament (for the seventh through 10th seeds in each conference) this postseason. But they are only two games above the 11th-seeded San Antonio Spurs, who are on the outside looking in.

Should Los Angeles make the play-in tournament, they will need to play their way into the playoffs. And if they get to the playoffs proper, that might see them facing the Phoenix Suns, who have by far the best record in the NBA with a 59-14 mark on the year.

Former Laker, NBA on TNT analyst, and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal discussed Los Angeles’ chances if they were to face the Suns this postseason on Wednesday. And, despite also being a former Suns’ player, O’Neal (seen above at NBA All-Star Saturday Night in 2020) had a lot of praise for the Lakers’ chances against them.

“I am very disappointed in my Lakers, a lot of people are. I doubt they even make the play-in game. But if they do, they definitely have to win and they will face Phoenix in the first round,” said O’Neal on Turner’s The Big Podcast. “If they make it to the eighth spot, they will beat Phoenix.”

These comments have certainly gotten the NBA talking, with many disagreeing with O’Neal and calling this a wild take seeing how poorly the Lakers have underperformed this season.

It is worth noting that Los Angeles will likely get Anthony Davis back by the play-in tournament. And that would have a huge impact on the team.

Regardless, it seems like an insane take to think that the Lakers could just figure out all of their issues in the span of a couple of weeks. Especially when that’s to win a series against a team like the Suns that have been looking like the best team in the NBA this season.

[NBA on TNT; photo from Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.