Before the 2021-22 season began, many expected the purple and gold army to be the clear-cut favorites in the Western Conference. But even after acquiring a star-studded line-up, the Lakers found themselves in deep hole game after game. As a result of which, the Laker Nation left all hopes from the team and their depleted roster. But with plenty of BBall remaining to be played, LeBron James’ army have the potential of turning the dynamics around.
The pitchforks have been taken out and critics are already pointing fingers. Moreover, as per Kendrick Perkins, he believes that the blame of the Lakers’ less-than-impressive run should be taken by General Manager, Rob Pelinka than anybody else. Furthermore, with rumors of LeBron James being in the shadow of the GM in dictating the roster, Perkins too commented upon that.
What was opinionated by Kendrick Perkins on LeBron James’ Lakers?
“I’m gonna point the finger at Rob Pelinka,” Perkins said on a recent episode of ESPN’s First Take. “That’s who’s gonna look the worst. One, is because instead of doing his job and manning the hell up, he allowed the players — meaning AD and LeBron James — to dictate this roster in the first place. And then here comes the trade deadline, and you make no moves at all? You stand still and tell the world, ‘We’re just going to wait for the buyout market.’ There’s no damn buyout market. All the groceries are gone.”
Much has been made about LeBron being the shadow GM of the Lakers and it sounds like this is actually true. Earlier reports revealed that last summer, Pelinka conceded to LeBron James and Anthony Davis’ demand to trade for Russell Westbrook. We all know how that deal turned out for LA. Apparently, it was Buddy Hield who Pelinka wanted to bring in.
“At the end of the day, I’m blaming Rob Pelinka because then you go and you tell the world, ‘Yeah, we sat down. I talked with the players and we all decided not to make moves.’ That’s a damn lie. That didn’t happen,” Perkins continued. “So I blame Rob Pelinka.”