The Lakers are eliminated from playoff contention and could (chances are slim) win the NBA Draft lottery.
If Los Angeles somehow beats the odds and lands the No. 1 pick, Duke sensation Zion Williamson would be the obvious pick. But if you ask for NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, that singular addition won’t put the Lakers back in the postseason.
“Y’all need a lot. … A lot. A lot,” Pierce told TMZ. “Zion is not the savior, but he’s very good. But y’all need more than that.”
Then when asked if he thought LeBron James should change teams, a cheeky Pierce said before driving away: “No. LeBron is doing well out here with his production company.”
Pierce has been harsh on the Lakers since their season started to spiral out of control. Last month, Pierce said the Lakers should shut down James to preserve him for next season.
James, however, has continued to play and play well down the stretch. Just last week he had a triple-double against the Kings and said afterward (via ESPN.com): “I know we’re out the playoff race, but if I’m on the court, I’m going to play how I play, and I play to win. … I owe it to myself, and obviously with the fans continuing to show up, they know we’re not making the playoffs; by me owing it to myself, it automatically gives to our fans when I’m out on the floor.”