‘Lol Shade’: Former Lakers Forward Clarifies His Bold Statement on the Championship Winning Roster

Published 09/25/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Jan 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris (88) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Lakers came out as victors in one of the most uncertain NBA seasons when they won the championship in 2020. Fortunately for them, they had their star duo completely healthy throughout the season, and that worked to their advantage. But this does not mean the remaining roster was merely a group of bystanders.

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On the same lines, a quote from former Laker Markieff Morris got him into trouble with LA fans. Perhaps a comment by the forward seems to have been misinterpreted, leading to a social media trial.

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Markieff Morris comes out in his defense 

Earlier, Markieff had said in an interview, “I feel like we have nobody on the team like just, ‘give me the ball, and then everybody just watch and let them make the play.’ It’s a collective.” Now, many fans saw this as Keef criticizing LeBron James and Anthony Davis for dominating ball movement in most of their games.

With the criticism catching up, the 32-year-old recently chose to clarify his earlier comments, making the following statement;

Markieff left the Lake Show after hitting his free agency joining hands with his former rivals in Miami. He now has a one-year contract where he’ll play alongside Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, and Bam Adebayo. But he will surely never forget the Orlando Bubble and that championship run.

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How did Keef help the Lakers during his time in LA?

After joining the Lakers Nation mid-season in early 2020, the man played just 14 games and then started 2/21 nights in the 2020 playoffs. He then started almost half of the total games he played in 2020-21 and averaged 6.7 points. 

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Dec 27, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell (15), Minnesota Timberwolves forward Juancho Hernangomez (41) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris (88) battle for a rebound in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Mostly, the 6’10 player utilized his muscular physique around the rim. His defensive rebounding was commendable, while his turnover rate was quite low. The drop steps further helped his case as he also played a physical game against the defense-heavy rivals. 

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All-in-all, he did help the Lake Show during that title run, even if marginally. And sure it was a team win, but the way the Lakers stumbled during the 2020-21 season with their star duo injured proved how they’re very much the centerpieces. 

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So are you on the same page with Keef’s remarks? Help us understand in the comments box below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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