Not even Hollywood’s finest screenwriters could piece together the latest Lakerland downtrend saga. And now the biggest icon in franchise history is at a loss for words.
On Wednesday, the Lakers fell to 26-30 with a road loss to the Trail Blazers, who are in the process of gutting their roster before the trade deadline. In response to arguably the Lakers’ most bewildering loss of the season so far, franchise legend Magic Johnson shared his confusion on Twitter.
“I’m speechless after the @Lakers lost to Portland tonight,” wrote the five-time champion. “No words can describe how I feel.”
After @Lakers Losing to Portland tonight, I’m speechless. No words can describe how I feel.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 10, 2022
Johnson, who has become known for his Twitter presence in recent years, usually calls it what he sees — even if he calls it thatEveryoneseen. That LA’s recent performance left him speechless speaks volumes about the state of the franchise.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James were active, while Russell Westbrook, whom many have tried to paint as the root of the Lakers troubles, was not.
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Despite having two of the NBA’s 75 greatest players in action, LA lost to a Portland team led by a rising goalscorer in Anfernee Simons, while 2020 second-round winner CJ Elleby led the team within minutes. Keljin Blevens, an undrafted forward who started Wednesday averaging 1.5 points in 11 games, outclassed three Lakers starters.
Magic wasn’t the only disappointed Laker Legend either. His longtime teammate James Worthy, who now provides studio analysis for Lakers games on Spectrum SportsNet, sounded post-game.
“Yeah, that’s the bottom of pretty much every season I’ve seen as a Laker over the years,” Worthy said.
“I don’t have words for it because we’ve all used up our words — we saw Milwaukee come in and we were like, ‘OK, this is going to be a gauge game against a good team, and we saw what happened.”
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Worthy used Tuesday’s Lakers loss to the Bucks to set the table for his disappointment in Wednesday’s loss to the Blazers, adding, “Against Portland, a team of professional players – but it was almost like we’re going to they’re playing pickup group boys against the local YMCA.”
James Worthy is at a loss for words. pic.twitter.com/rFW3J2JtHR
— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) February 10, 2022
While a fair share of talent took the floor in Portland, Wednesday was seen as a winnable contest for a Lakers team struggling to stay afloat in the Western Conference rankings.
Now 3-7 in their last 10 games, the ninth-place Lakers are looking more and more like a team destined for the play-in tournament as they are five full games behind the sixth-place Nuggets.
The Lakers will look to be active at the close of trading, but as dire as the situation in Los Angeles is, it could be too late to salvage the season.
Things aren’t getting any easier for the Lakers, who now head to The Bay to take on the Warriors in front of a national crowd on Saturday night.