Stu Jackson: Lakers Look "Fragile" And "Fractured"

With Anthony Davis trade talks swirling, the Lakers lost by 42 to the Pacers on Tuesday

Taz and the Moose
February 06, 2019 - 11:45 am

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The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly offered several starters to New Orleans in hopes of acquiring Anthony Davis. If no deal gets done before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, however, those rejected offers will have a lasting impact on the Lakers – the front office, the coaching staff, and, yes, the players.

“It’s a little bit fractured,” NBA TV analyst Stu Jackson said on Taz & The Moose. “When you have young players, even though you can give lip service to the fact that this is a business and they understand, mentally they have to be a bit fragile right now. If this trade doesn’t happen or any trade doesn’t happen with the Lakers, certainly from the top on down – Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka, Luke Walton – they’ve got a real rebuild to do here in the last 25 games to get this team playing up to its capability.”

The Lakers (27-27) have lost eight of their last 12 games. They trail the Clippers (30-25) by 2.5 games for the final playoff spot in the West.

“This is really tough stuff,” Jackson said. “In this day and age, particularly with every discussion that you have between teams, it’s going to get out through some sort of medium. Players are going to be focused on it and reading about it – and it affects your locker room.”

And your play on the court. The Lakers lost, 136-94, to Indiana on Tuesday. A 42-point loss? Really?

“You’re not 40 points worse than the Pacers,” Jackson said. “That’s when (you know) you’ve got some serious rebuilding to do in terms of that locker room and chemistry.”