‘Officially in Panic Mode’: Stephen A. Smith Scared for Lakers Missing the Playoffs

Published 05/08/2021, 10:18 AM EDT
Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel (right) talks to his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

Champions Los Angeles Lakers look like a shadow of themselves right now. After being at the top three of the Western Conference standings, the Lakers have seen a drop in their regular season form.

The Lakers now have slipped to the seventh spot in the West with a loss at the hands of the Blazers. With LeBron James still missing and a rather underperforming support cast, the champions have been a subject to massive scepticism.

Stephen A. Smith scared about the Lakers missing the playoffs

Given the dwindling form of the champions, multiple critics have been raising their concerns about the Purple and Gold. Veteran analyst Stephen A. Smith is no exception to this.

In an appearance in ESPN’s First Take, Smith had a rather bold take as he claimed he doubted whether the LeBron and Co. would even make the playoffs or not. “I’m scared right now, I’m scared for the Los Angeles Lakers, I want to put the basketball world on official notice.

“I don’t even know if the Lakers are getting past the play-in game. I don’t even know if the Lakers are playing the play-in game they don’t look good; they don’t look good at all.”

He added, “LeBron James comes back he plays he says he’ll never be 100%. He could be talking about ‘I’m not gonna be a hundred percent again this season’.

I’m looking at the fact that Rondo is no longer there, he’s on the other side with the Clippers. Even though Dennis Schroder, I mean the bottom line is they’re better offensively with him on the court but poorest defensively.”

Apr 22, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (23) speaks with teammates during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The veteran analyst added, “I mean, my God, there are reasons to be concerned about the Los Angeles Lakers and right now I am officially in panic mode that the Lakers might not even make it out of the damn play-in game.

With multiple injuries still plaguing them, the Lakers look in some serious trouble. After their latest at the hands of the Blazers, the Purple and Gold now are officially in the play-in spots. Will LeBron James be able to return in time for the champions? Who do you think will win the NBA championship this season?


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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.