Even with the addition of the best player in the NBA, the Lakers have the exact same record as they did last year through 66 games. This season has been a rollercoaster for the Lakers, with trade speculations, BenchGate, and they even made Snoop Dogg mad. Are the Lakers turning the season around? With 15 games left, probably not. It’s time for LA to shut down LeBron James.
First things first, I hate the Lakers and I hate LeBron James. As a Celtics fan, I feel like I have to. But, from purely a basketball perspective, the Lakers need to sit LeBron. Paul Pierce first came up with this after James returned from his groin injury and the Lakers kept on losing. He said on ESPN’s The Jump, “He’s getting older, he has to do too much for them to win… he puts out a triple-double, and they can’t win.” That’s the truth (get it). LeBron can do as much as he can to help his team win, recording triple-doubles or even dropping 40+ a night, but the Lakers still lose.
The Lakers have been terrible this year. There’s a month left of the regular season and they’re 11th in the West, 6.5 games behind the 8th place Utah Jazz. To make matters worse for LA, they have one of the hardest upcoming schedules of any NBA team, with games against the Raptors, Pistons, and Bucks on an upcoming road trip. Out of their next 15 games, only 4 of those teams are under 500. To add insult to literal injury, both Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are both out for the remainder of the year with injuries. Kyle Kuzma just recently returned from his ankle injury, but without a full roster, the Lakers should kiss their playoff chances goodbye.
Even Snoop Dogg is upset. After losing to the Phoenix Suns earlier this month, Snoop took to Instagram to voice his anger. He went off on the Lakers, saying someone has to go (probably coach Luke Walton). He’s even selling his booth at Staples Center. “I’m selling my f—ing booth right now,” Snoop said, according to Business Insider. “This year, y’all can have it. Five dollars.”
So why should the Lakers sit LeBron James? He’s 34 years old, coming off of a groin injury that kept him out for a month. With drama in the locker room and with the coaching staff and front office, it’s unlikely the Lakers can magically turn it around and become a playoff team, especially with two starters out for the rest of the season. The Lakers are basically already out of playoff contention, so there’s really no need for LeBron to keep playing. The Lakers should let their younger guys get some NBA experience. There’s nothing wrong with sitting LeBron to give more minutes to Moritz Wagner, Johnathan Williams, and Andre Ingram. With the younger guys getting more NBA experience, it will only make them stronger next year.
LeBron, it’s time. The Clippers run LA now. Sit down, let the young guys get some minutes, and maybe next year Snoop Dogg will like the Lakers again.
The Lakers have the same record today as they did one year ago (30-36). pic.twitter.com/RKJ1Ud2eos
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 12, 2019