Lakers’ LeBron James claims Mike Conley struggling in Jazz debut is the ‘worst thing that could have happened’
James and the Lakers fell to the LA Clippers on opening night, while Conley and the Jazz defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Salt Lake City.
Conley, though, had a horrific Jazz debut. The lefty shot 1-of-16 from the floor and finished with just five points.
James, a pure student of the game, says Conley struggling in his Jazz debut is the “worst thing that could have happened” for the Lakers:
LeBron said today that Mike Conley struggling in his Jazz debut is the "worst thing that could have happened" for the Lakers who play the Jazz Friday. "He missed I think eight of his righthand floaters which has been money for his whole career, so I didn’t analyze that too much."
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) October 24, 2019
It’s highly doubtful Conley will struggle two games in a row, and James is aware of that. The Lakers have to expect the veteran to be more productive against them.
Some would say LeBron is due for a bounce-back game as well. The Lakers star put up 18 points in 36 minutes against the Clippers while shooting 7-of-19 from the field. James had nine rebounds, eight assists and five turnovers. It was a performance no one thought James would have given that it was the first game of the season and it was versus the Clippers.
LeBron was too passive on Tuesday. The Lakers may run their offense through Anthony Davis, but The King still has to be aggressive and put his head down and get to the basket.