Richard Jefferson has quickly risen as one of the top analysts today. His hilarious yet incisive commentary has entertained fans and given them some honest-to-goodness information on some of their favorite teams. Jefferson's latest target are the Los Angeles Lakers, particularly the critical offseason in which they will try to assemble a contending team again. Jefferson, as always, was brutally honest in his commentary. He believes that the team needs a massive overhaul.
Not even close to a chip
While discussing the Lakers, Jefferson included the Brooklyn Nets as another team poised to make waves but massively fell short. According to Jefferson, both teams need a lot of work before they are called legitimate contenders.
"This mix of whatever it is, is probably not going to lead to a conference finals berth, in my humble opinion. The Nets and Lakers, two organizations that you felt like that had chemistry issues, the betting odds favored... you know how many wins they combined for in the postseason this year? Zero. Zero by the Nets. The Lakers didn't even make it. I'm just saying that these teams are so far away," Jefferson said, per NBA on ESPN.
To recall, a myriad of issues hounded the Lakers' progress: injuries to Anthony Davis and LeBron James, the nagging problem surrounding Russell Westbrook, the team's lackluster defense, and many more. It was a frustrating sight, especially since the Lakers were on top of the world just two seasons ago.
More than just a tweak
The Lakers finished with a 33-49 record for 11th in the West. They didn't even qualify for the play-in. The front office's knee-jerk reaction was to fire Frank Vogel right after the regular season concluded. Jefferson shared his thoughts on this. He, like most analysts, didn't necessarily agree with the move. It looked like Vogel was the scapegoat. But whatever the case may be, Jefferson believes that the Lakers front office needs to put in some serious work this offseason.
"This ain't a tweak. Last time they didn't make the postseason, they added Anthony Davis. There is no help like that coming on either of these two teams. So for the Lakers. You have to do something, you gotta mix it in. And just changing the coach... You know you got rid of Frank Vogel. Frank Vogel just won a championship for you. So he has a voice. He has a reputation. So they'll try and find somebody to replace him, that's going to be the change in the organization? You need a lot more than just a new coach," Jefferson said.
Jefferson definitely spelled it out for Lakers fans loud and clear. Yes, the Lakers won the 2020 NBA Championship. But it took them several years to get there. They had to endure a crazy mix of significant failures and little successes before being declared champions. As the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day. This is an adage that the front office needs to learn by heart.