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Shaquille O’Neal trashes on the Los Angeles Lakers for their lack of shooting -“The Lakers are like the Gated Community Gangsters"

O'Neal's criticism is unique, but they point is clear; if the Lakers can't figure out how to shoot the ball, they will continue to struggle
Shaquille O'Neal calls out the Los Angeles Lakers

Shaquille O'Neal

The Los Angeles Lakers' start to the 2022-23 season has looked fairly similar to how their 2021-22 season looked. The Lakers haven't looked competitive on either side of the floor and have struggled to get much of anything going in their first two games to start the season. Despite all the work put in by the Lakers this offseason, it's looking like nothing has really changed for them this season.

Shaquille O'Neal is appalled by the Lakers' horrible shooting numbers

One thing that has quickly caught people's attention is how bad of a shooting team the Lakers have been this season. Los Angeles is shooting the second-lowest field goal percentage in the NBA to open the season, and their collective three-point shooting percentage (22.4 percent) is far and away the worst in the NBA.

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That's a testament to the team's lack of shooting in general, and it's something that Lakers legend Shaquille O'Neal believes is killing the team. O'Neal hasn't been impressed by Los Angeles to start the season (who has been?) and flamed the Lakers for their poor shooting metrics on his podcast.

"The Lakers are like the Gated Community Gangsters. They ain't got no shooters. I can leave my door open. I can walk around in my underwear. When they get outside the gates, they talk hard, but they don't have any shooters. They ain't got no guns." - Shaquille O'Neal, The Big Podcast With Shaq

Shaq drops a clever analogy for the Lakers' shooting woes

O'Neal's take on the Lakers' shooting struggles is hilarious, partly because they are true. The Lakers have been hyping themselves up all offseason long, and now that it's time to play, they haven't shown up. A big part of that has been their lack of shooting from all over the floor, and it shows that despite all the work put in this offseason, this team still has some big holes that the front office didn't fill before their campaign kicked off.

Shooting isn't the only issue the Lakers have, but it's becoming clear that it's holding them back in a big way on offense. O'Neal displays that in a unique way here, but it makes quite a lot of sense. If L.A. can't figure out how to shoot the basketball, they will soon continue to struggle throughout the season.

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