Even Hollywood’s best screenwriters couldn’t piece together the story of the latest Lakerland downtrend. And now, the biggest icon in franchise history is beyond words.
On Wednesday, the Lakers fell to 26-30 with a road defeat to the Trail Blazers, who were in the process of gutting their roster ahead of the trade deadline. In response to the Lakers’ most shocking loss of the season to date, franchise legend Magic Johnson took to Twitter to share his bewilderment.
“After the @Lakers loss to Portland tonight, I’m speechless,” the five-time champion wrote. “No words can describe how I feel.”
After @Lakers losing to Portland tonight, I’m speechless. No words can describe how I feel.
– Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 10, 2022
Johnson, who has become known for his Twitter presence over the past few years, often calls it as if he sees it — even if he calls it the way he is. everybody have seen it. The fact that he’s left speechless by LA’s latest performance says a lot about the state of the franchise.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James were active, while Russell Westbrook, who many have tried to draw at the root of the Lakers’ problems, was not.
Despite two of the NBA’s 75 Best Players in action, LA lost to a Portland team led in points by Anfernee Simons while 2020 second-round picker CJ Elleby led the team by minutes. . Keljin Blevens, an underwhelming striker who went on Wednesday with an average of 1.5 points from 11 games, surpasses the Lakers’ three starting games.
Magic isn’t the only disappointing Laker legend, either. His longtime teammate James Worthy, who currently provides studio analysis for Lakers games on Spectrum SportsNet, didn’t sound right after the game.
“Yes, this is the lowest point of any season I’ve seen as a Laker in years,” Worthy said.
“I have no words for it because we used all of our words – we saw Milwaukee come in and we thought ‘OK, it’s going to be a game with a good team and we’ve seen the best. what happened.”
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Worthy used the Lakers’ loss to the Bucks on Tuesday to score his disappointment in Wednesday’s loss to the Blazers, adding that “against Portland, a team of pro players – but it’s close like they’re playing with the local YMCA boys’ pickup group.”
James Worthy was speechless. pic.twitter.com/rFW3J2JtHR
– Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) February 10, 2022
While Portland has a fair share of talent in the game, Wednesday is seen as a winnable contest for a Lakers team struggling to maintain a prominent spot in the Western Conference rankings.
Now 3-7 in their last 10, the ninth-placed Lakers increasingly look like a league-bound team even as they are five games behind sixth-placed the Nuggets.
The Lakers look set to be aggressive on the trade deadline but with the situation as dire as in Los Angeles, it may be too late to save the season.
Things didn’t get any easier for the Lakers, who now headed to The Bay to take on the Warriors in front of a nationwide audience on Saturday night.