Shaquille O’Neal Goes Off On Lakers Star Anthony Davis (Video)

Shaquille O’Neal Goes Off On Lakers Star Anthony Davis (Video)

The Los Angeles Lakers came into the season as one of the perceived favorites to win a championship.

Now, more than a third of the way through, it has become abundantly clear that folks were extremely overly-optimistic as it pertains to LA.

The Lakers are currently 16-14 through 30 games and sit sixth in the Western Conference.

One big issue for the purple and gold has been big man Anthony Davis. So far this season he is averaging just 23.8 points per game (his lowest since 2013 if you throw out last year’s injury-plagued campaign) and shooting an atrocious 17.9 percent from three. His 72.7 percent shooting from the free throw line is also a career low.

And that’s to say nothing of his non-stop injuries this year, though obviously LeBron James deserves blame for his most recent one.

This past week Shaquille O’Neal spoke about Davis on The Big Podcast With Shaq and justifiably called the Lakers star out.

“[Russell] Westbrook ain’t the problem [for the Lakers],” he said. “Who’s the 1-2 punch on their team? So the last week, I saw some LeBron stats. I ain’t see no AD stats. That’s the problem right there.

“Listen, I speak from an experienced place. If you’re gonna be a 1-2 punch, be a hell of a 1-2 punch. Don’t let the 1, who’s the older of the 1-2 punch, take all the, you know, do this, do that. Listen, he’s very talented. He’s shooting 19 percent from the three. LeBron got Western Conference Player of the Week and had fun while doing it. What are you doing, Mr. AD? What are you doing? I ain’t seen your name mentioned all year. So if you’re gonna be a 1-2 punch, make sure you step up.”

It’s hard to argue with O’Neal’s assessment of the situation.

Davis came into the season with a lot of hype because of his incredible body transformation. He did a lot of talking in the aftermath – including his criticism of team head coach Frank Vogel.

But he has yet to step up and handle business on his own.

In order for the Lakers to have a realistic shot at a title this year they need Davis to step up. Whether or not he will ultimately be able to do that remains to be seen, though.

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Jennifer Withers Hoey

Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.

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