Skip to main content

Stephen A. Smith predicts doomsday for LeBron and the Lakers: 'I think it’s over'

Stephen A.Smith & LeBron James

Stephen A.Smith says LeBron will not win anymore championships

Has LeBron James won his last title for the Lakers? For Stephen A. Smith, the future is not looking good for Los Angeles Lakers, even if James comes back from injury.

It’s over for the Lakers

It’s only 15 games into the season, but Stephen A. Smith believes the Lakers will never win another title with James. He made the bold prediction in First Take, after debating Keyshawn Johnson on who would win their first title for L.A.: Russell Westbrook or Odell Beckham Jr. Smith also claimed the Warriors would win it all this season.

“Warriors going to the Finals. Let me say something else: I think LeBron has won his last title. I think it’s over. … It’s not LeBron’s fault. LeBron is gonna be LeBron. He gonna come back. He gonna do what he gonna do. … They ain’t winning no chip.”

Stephen A Smith being Stephen A Smith on this one hot take. He’s made similar controversial and borderline ridiculous assessments, and predictions in the past but not all of them happened. Still, the man gets paid millions to make these statements to get the online world buzzing. 

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Does he have a point? Is LeBron not winning again ever? Is it the end of his dreams to equal Kobe Bryant’s five rings? Let’s take a look at what the team needs to do to still compete for the title. 

Can the Lakers still win this season? 

The Lakers sit in 7th place in the Western Conference, a far cry from their expected standing before the season started, given the marquee names they added to the roster. They have lost twice to the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the many signs indicating the team is not where it wanted to be at this point. Can they still win a championship, given the early season struggles? The answer is yes, but they need to start shaping up now. 

Russell Westbrook needs to cut down on his turnovers. Without James directing the point, the point guard duties go to Rajon Rondo and Brodie. Increased turnovers reflect chemistry issues on the team, which is expected because players are still learning to play with each other. 

Anthony Davis needs to assert himself more in the absence of James. He’s aware that the team is nowhere close where it needs to be, but for his part, AD needs to start knocking down his shots consistently. This season, he is only making 20 percent of his shots beyond the arc. With Westbrook and James as attackers/slashers, the team needs to space the floor well, and Davis has the skills to become a designated kick-out shooter for L.A. 

Things will be clearer for the Lakers when James returns to the lineup. For sure, LeBron cannot wait to be back and prove to critics such as Stephen A. Smith that the Lakers can still win despite the early struggles this season. 

Wiggins has been phenomenal on defense throughout this series, but he turned the tables in Game 3 with a stellar offensive outing

Andrew Wiggins's vicious dunk on Luka Doncic brings Golden State Warriors close to the NBA Finals: "I just saw rim”

Wiggins has been phenomenal on defense throughout this series, but he turned the tables in Game 3 with a stellar offensive outing

Doc Rivers nearly left the Clippers for the Lakers

Doc Rivers once nearly left the Los Angeles Clippers for the Los Angeles Lakers

If Doc Rivers did end up moving to the Lakers, would they have beaten their opponents the way they did in 2020? No one knows, but it's fair to say Frank Vogel was the better coach in the Bubble.

Difference between Jimmy Butler and Ja Morant

Difference between Jimmy Butler and Ja Morant -- one soldiers on while the other whines about dirty plays

Jimmy Butler and Ja Morant received the same borderline dirty fouls that resulted in injuries. But their reactions were different from one another.

pistol-pete-maravich-min

Pete Maravich shares who is the greatest basketball player of all time

"He is not really the best passer, I don't think, he's not the best dribbler, he's not the best shooter, he's not the best scorer. He's just the very best."

From being undrafted to a Playoff starter: The journey of Miami Heat guard Max Strus for everyone

From being undrafted to a Playoff starter: Max Strus' NBA journey is a lesson for everyone

Miami Heat are the only team that decided to gamble on Max Strus, and safe to say that ended up paying dividends

skip-bayless-wife-lebron-james

Skip Bayless's wife is a fan of LeBron James: "I would like to meet him"

You know this one hurts deep for the most notorius LeBron hater out there.

LaVar Ball wants Kyrie Irving to join the Big Baller Brand

LaVar Ball invites Kyrie Irving to join Big Baller Brand: "You can have all the control you want!"

As Nike and Kyrie Irving appear to head in different ways, Lavar Ball uses this opportunity to lure the Brooklyn Nets star and join the Big Baller Brand.

Trae Young reacts to Ben Simmons passing up the wide open layup against him

Trae Young defends Ben Simmons for passing up the layup on him: "I hate how people talk about how bad of a player he is"

It's comical to think Ben Simmons got intimidated by Trae Young but the Atlanta Hawks point guard offers a different view on why the Philadephia 76ers forward passed up on a wide-open attempt.