If the Play-In tournament were to begin today, the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans would go head-to-head in a knockout contest. With LeBron James’ purple-and-gold army looking far from impressive throughout the 2021-22 season, Jay Williams has decided to eclipse the 2020 NBA champions, even if the opposition is without their marquee player Zion Williamson.
To get everyone on the same page, Zion didn’t even step on the court for a game for the Pelicans all of the 2021-22 season. However, he was cleared to start his 1-on-1 workouts at the gym. Despite this, the pelicans were able to crawl their way into the postseason berth. And it certainly made Jay Williams firmly believe in her caliber to beat LeBron James’ Lakers.
What was Jay Williams’ take on the Lakers-Pelicans play-in scenario?
Jay Williams, former runner-up overall, recently turned basketball analyst and decided to give LeBron James and his Lakers some shade on a recent episode of ESPN’s Get Up.
“I don’t think Zion Williamson will play this year.” said Williams. “I wouldn’t push him back. I think long term for Zion, so I look at what is or is not in his long term best interest.
Now Williams talks about the possible clash between Lakers and Pelicans. Williams doesn’t mind if the New Orleans Pelicans actually fight for a playoff spot. This is mostly because Jay Williams believes New Orleans doesn’t even need Zion to beat LeBron and the Lakers.
“But here’s the thing‘ Williams said. “I still think the Pelicans could beat the Los Angeles Lakers without Zion in a play-in scenario. We’re talking about the Lakers not making the playoffs depending on when AD comes back, if he comes back Wendy. I don’t know what the hell is going on with it. We suddenly expect the Lakers to just turn it on at the track? I know LeBron James can turn it on. I don’t know if everyone else around him can turn on him to beat the pelicans.”
Since the play-in is expected to take place on May 12thth, the LA Lakers are desperate for the return of Anthony Davis to back LeBron James, will the Pelicans be able to upset what was previously considered a championship favorite? Surely Jay Williams believes the same.
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