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Shannon Sharpe Says The Los Angeles Lakers Cannot Even Make The Playoffs With Their Current Roster: "They Can No Longer Fool Themselves, Pelinka Has To Make A Move Now."

Shannon Sharpe Says The Los Angeles Lakers Cannot Even Make The Playoffs With Their Current Roster: "They Can No Longer Fool Themselves, Pelinka Has To Make A Move Now."

Shannon Sharpe has always been a prominent fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, defending the team and LeBron James nearly every day as the co-star of Undisputed. However, the form that the Lakers find themselves in has Sharpe himself questioning what they can achieve this season with the players they have on their roster. 

The Lakers have been failing to get wins consistently, and while some of that has to do with the continued absence of Anthony Davis, Sharpe thinks that the issues run much deeper than that. Their blowout loss to the Denver Nuggets seems to have been the final straw for Shannon, who tweeted saying that General Manager Rob Pelinka will have to make roster moves. 

"Lakers getting beat like this is a blessing. They can no longer fool themselves about lineups, health and Pelinka has to make a move now. This will not make playoffs as currently constructed. THE END."

Russell Westbrook has been the major talking point when it comes to any potential trades the Lakers might make, but his performances this season will make it hard to get pieces of equivalent value in return. The Lakers are also lacking in players that can consistently score outside of LeBron at the moment and those are always premium assets on the trade market. 

While Sharpe's take might be a bit of an overreaction to a bad loss, his prediction isn't very far off from the truth. Despite the King's heroics, his team sits just half a game outside of the 9th seed spot in the Western Conference. 

The likes of Dallas and Denver have been pulling away with some wins recently and the reality of a play-in tournament appearance at the very least is getting likelier by the day. One way or another, each disappointing performance from the Lakers will mount further pressure on the franchise as well as its roster.