The Los Angeles Clippers entered the season as the team to beat in the NBA. They signed Kawhi Leonard and traded for Paul George to reinforce an already impressive core, also adding a couple of pieces like Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris, and Joakim Noah along the way.
Even so, the Clippers have had some ups and downs throughout the season, mostly because they've been unable to stay healthy or have any consistent practice time altogether. Talent-wise, they clearly had the upper hand over the Lakers, chemistry-wise, perhaps not so much.
That's why, in the light of the events of Lou Williams' departure from the bubble, added to the absences of Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley, and the late arrivals of Landry Shame and Ivica Zubac, Skip Bayless had no choice but to side with LeBron James' Lakers for the first time ever:
“I don’t got the Clippers anymore. Not now. I am all in on LeBron’s Lakers because LeBron is all in on The Bubble mentality. This is all about sacrifice. It’s about almost like college ra-ra unity. And LeBron is leading the charge in that regard… The Clippers are at the bottom of the league in unity because they are all out,” Bayless claimed on Undisputed.
LeBron has proved once again that he's one of the best leaders in NBA history. The Lakers have meshed around perfectly and they all look like they're on the same page. They're on a mission and once a team develops that kind of common mindset, it often pays out.
The Clippers are still deeper and probably more talented and they've been unbeatable when they're at full strength. Still, this kind of behavior certainly leaves something to be desired in terms of commitment. Even Skip had to admit it.