A season without a title at the end would be a fiasco for the Lakers according to Carmelo Anthony. Words supported by a former Laker, titled three times with the Purple & Gold: Shaquille O’Neal.
The great Carmelo Anthony was absolutely right when he said that. A lot of people talk about age, and young teams always make noise, but once they get to the playoffs what do we say every time? They don’t have the experience. In terms of experience, it is the Nets and the Lakers who have the most, when it comes to age. If both teams stay healthy, I would like to see these two teams in the Finals. I love Carmelo, he was brought up by us. Westbrook was raised by us too, LeBron too. So we know that when they get angry, they play really well. There they are pissed off, everyone doubts them, they built this little superteam, and Carmelo Anthony is right. This is the title or complete failure. “
For Shaq, the team to be most wary of for the Lakers in the West will be the Jazz.
“Stephen A. Smith: – Who is the biggest threat to the Lakers in the West?
Shaq : – Utah.
Stephen A. Smith : – Utah ?!
Shaq: – Yes you heard that right. I won’t be so hard on Rudy this year. Rudy is going to be vengeful. He will come back in force. “
Twice All-Star and three times Defender of the Year (2018, 2019, 2021), the Frenchman had with Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz to first place in the Western Conference before being out 4-2 by the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. He finished the regular season averaging 14.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.
.@SHAQ says it’s championship or bust for the Lakers.
“The great Carmelo Anthony was absolutely correct. … The Brooklyn Nets and the Lakers have the most experience when it comes to age. I’m not worried about all that young talk.” pic.twitter.com/MwFB02sZ2i
— First Take (@FirstTake) September 15, 2021