Major NBA Analyst Rips Apart Lakers While Calling OKC “The Worst Team in Basketball”

Published 10/28/2021, 10:48 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers wipes sweat from his brow during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)


In one of the shocks of the season so far, the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder came from behind to maul the Los Angeles Lakers. In the absence of 17-time All-star LeBron James, the Lakers slumped to their third defeat of the regular season. It was a nightmare night for the side, as they bottled a 26 point lead. Although Anthony Davis was a vibrant figure in their attack, his efforts went in vain. And after the match, league analyst Chris Broussard has lashed out at the Lakers.

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All in all, it has been a patchy start to the season for LA. They came in with some experienced buys, such as Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony. However, there was always the doubt of whether the ageing warriors still have what it takes. One of their key veterans is already sidelined due to an ankle injury, and who knows what the future holds. If the franchise has any hopes of reclaiming their lost crown, a change in strategies is of vital necessity.

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Oct 10, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) hangs in the air as he passes the ball to Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (left) over the Phoenix Suns guard Mikal Bridges (25) and center JaVale McGee (00) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Broussard destroys LA Lakers after blowout loss to Thunder

The Lakers raced off the blocks on Wednesday night, dominating Q1 to go ahead 41-19. Coming into the match, Oklahoma had suffered four consecutive defeats. The side is filled with up and coming players, and is yet to settle into the scheme of things. On the other hand, Frank Vogel’s men gave them more than enough time and room to make merry, as they were all over the Lakers in the second half. Following the loss, analyst-host Chris Broussard has deemed the Lakers’ efforts as poor in spite of them not having James at their disposal.

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Speaking on the First Things First podcast, Broussard lashed out at Anthony Davis and co. “You shouldn’t need LeBron James to beat the 0-4 Thunder,” stated the Fox Sports commentator. “They’re probably the worst team in basketball. For all of Russ’ turnovers, the Lakers defense was horrific.” Later, he retweeted his own quotes, adding “The Lakers shouldn’t need LeBron to beat the freakin’ Thunder.”

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Do you agree with what Chris Broussard had to say? It was a brutal assault from the analyst, who was evidently shocked at LA’s performance. Can they bounce back from the poor vein of form? James’ fitness will surely determine how their season pans out!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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