In 2017, a season before LeBron James decided to make his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, the purple-gold franchise had a chance to tap/draft the young and talented Jayson Tatum with their first pick. But they chose Lonzo Ball. Stephen A. Smith highlighted the LA Lakers’ mistake and took a look at what a team Jayson Tatum and LeBron James could have been.
When you think about it, both Tatum and LeBron are explosive players who can prove their limits on either end of the court. If it were about the former star, LeBron certainly wouldn’t have needed another supporting player to go on back-to-back championship runs. Stephen A. Smith shed light on this in the same way.
Stephen A. Smith on Jayson Tatum and LeBron James pairing
On ESPN’s First Take, NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith spoke about Tatum’s potential pairing with LeBron James. smith said “Can we fantasize here for a moment? Could you imagine if LeBron James joined a Lakers roster with Jayson Tatum? Could you imagine? I mean, I promise you this: We wouldn’t talk about the Lakers going out of the playoffs. We wouldn’t talk about them struggling to make a play-in game. I promise you that.”
Stephen A. Smith said Magic Johnson’s decision to pursue Ball instead of Tatum was proving costly to the Los Angeles Lakers organization. Smith added, “Although Lonzo Ball is injured, he was ranked No. 2 overall for Earvin Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers during the game. They needed a point guard, they needed someone who was a local product, and they got this brother from Chino Hills in place of Jayson Tatum.
He concluded by stating: “They had No. 1 and No. 2 in those drafts and they passed Jayson Tatum for Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. We have to keep that in mind when we talk about Jayson Tatum because Jayson Tatum is a star. Jayson Tatum has superstar written on him. That’s a special, special brother.”
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