LeBron James SLAMMED as NBA expert makes prediction about Luke Walton | Other | Sport

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The Lakers led after the first quarter after Kyle Kuzma dropped 23 points in the first 12 minutes but they trailed by nine come half-time and from there on, the Sixers controlled the game, leading by 15 at the end of the third before securing a blow-out win.

Los Angeles’ defense was the biggest reason for their reverse at Wells Fargo Center, while LeBron was well defended by Philadelphia to prevent the four-time MVP from taking over.

The 34-year-old ended the night with 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in 33 minutes.

But Bayless – co-host of FS1 sports debate show Undisputed alongside Shannon Sharpe – was critical of the Lakers leader on social media.

He said on Twitter: “Another weird LeBron game. Yes, he came close to a trip dub, but with only 18 points. 

“Strangely passive for long stretches, quickly giving up the ball to a wing. 

“Lakers needed him to match offensive firepower with the best player in the East, Embiid. Nope. Often just watched.”

Bayless also commented on Lakers president Magic Johnson being sat next to Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots.

He added: “Magic sitting next to Robert Kraft in the front row in Philly, probably saying to Kraft: ‘I wish I had a leader and clutch player like [Tom] Brady.’” 

And the sports commentator also made a worrying prediction about Walton – who has been widely criticised throughout the season.

The Lakers are 28-28 and 2.5 games back on the LA Clippers in eighth under the head coach as they look to make the playoffs for the first time in five years.

And it has been suggested that LeBron – who has regularly had a say in who coaches the team he plays for throughout his career – is not convinced by the 38-year-old’s abilities.

There has been further speculation due to Walton’s apparently strained relationship with Magic while there was a locker-room rift between him and JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley and Josh Hart after he preached to his players to play unselfishly.

Bayless added: “I just don’t see how Luke lasts much longer.  Reportedly, LeBron’s “camp” is down on him, which almost certainly means LeBron is.”

LaVar Ball, the father of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball – currently out injured – recently suggested that the organisation should fire Walton and look at appointing his assistant. 

He said The Herd on Fox Sports: “Everybody’s worried about the players, it’s nothing to do with the players, it’s the system and the coach.

“If you don’t have a coach that can coach them, it’s not going to work. If you don’t have a system, it’s not going to work.

“Brian Shaw is the guy. Anytime you fire a head coach, that assistant coach got a good rapport with that team, he knows what’s going on, he just has to wait for his opportunity. I give you a good example, [David] Blatt at Cleveland. 

“Tyronn Lue, he knew what to do but he’s not going to give the head coach the insight and make him look like he’s doing the right thing. 

“You’re just going to sit back and be quiet. Brian Shaw, I watched him coach a game after Luke got thrown out, it was night and day.”



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