Before the start of the 2021-22 NBA season, most analysts believed that the Los Angeles Lakers would be one of the most dominant teams. Fast forward to now, but there are still no signs of the dominance that the Lakers were expected to show.
The only bright thing for the purple and gold is their 37-year-old superstar in LeBron James. LBJ is having a sensational season and is trying to carry the team on his back. Apart from him, fans have seen some good performances from the likes of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Malik Monk.
But when it comes to being the favorites to win the title, that is yet to happen. While the Lakers have found some form in their recent games, not many sports pundits believe it was a good sign for the team. Instead, they credited it to be an easy schedule for the team, nothing more and nothing else.
If they can sustain this newfound form, then things might change for the 2020 NBA champions. Speaking of the Lakers being considered as one of the title contenders, former NBA player turned analyst Jalen Rose gave his two cents for it. Spoiler alert, he believes the Lakers aren't title contenders.
"You got LeBron playing like a superstar but the reality of our eye test, we know this team ain't winning a championship. Not this season. Golden State's better, Phoenix's better, Jazz are just better. So based on that, it's tough for NBA supporters and fans to see a superstar performing as such knowing he ain't winning a championship."
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LeBron is without a doubt having one of the best seasons of his career. Unfortunately, as Rose pointed out, most people are aware that there is a very slim chance that the Lakers will win the title.
That slim chance also depends on how well Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook can play down the line. Davis, who is injured as of now, has been struggling throughout the season and for Russ, most of us are aware of the troubles that he has had in limiting his turnovers.
Will the Lakers turn around their season? Or will Jalen Rose's prediction turn out to be true? Only time will tell.