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Channing Frye Blasts The Lakers' Defense On Live TV: "It's Hard To Be That Bad."

Channing Frye Blasts The Lakers' Defense On Live TV: "It's Hard To Be That Bad."

This season, the L.A. Lakers have struggled to play up to expectations. After putting LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook together over the summer, many believed they were destined to win another title.

Instead, the team has only seen dysfunction over the past few months and there is no indication things will get much better before it's too late.

Undoubtedly, the biggest issue for the Lakers is their defense, which is a shell of what it was during their Championship run in 2020. So far, there has been a noticeable lack of intensity on that end of the floor and it has not gone unnoticed by the community.

Speaking on NBA TV after L.A.'s blowout loss to Denver, former NBA sharpshooter Channing Frye blasted the team for their efforts on that end of the floor.

"It's hard to be that bad. They should've been beat by 50.. so undisciplined, double teaming for no reason, not rotating, guys not communicating.. I've seen some bad basketball, this is probably one of the worst game I've seen from a team that has good players on it."

Their 37-point defeat on Saturday was their worst loss of the season and exposed their defensive flaws on an entirely new level. Through the whole season so far, the Purple and Gold have beaten just five teams that are currently above .500.

And while blame has gone in multiple different directions, Kendrick Perkins says it's the veterans who bear the most responsibility for the lack of intensity on that end of the floor.

"People blaming Vogel for the lack of defensive effort is funny to me! You have a VETERAN ball club that are having multiple breakdowns on the defensive and offensively can’t get into sets to run some good offense. Can’t BLAME the Coach for that. That’s on your VETS! Period."

Whatever the case, it's clear the Lakers have some big problems, and they may be more than they can deal with right now.

The only way to turn it all around could be on the trade market. With the deadline quickly approaching, expect the team to be very active in their pursuit of talent.

We'll see soon enough if they have what it takes to start racking up wins.