The Los Angeles Lakers suffered yet another tough loss on Sunday night, this time falling to the New York Knicks without Jalen Brunson.
At this point, the Lakers need every win they can get and they require that each player performs at the peak of their abilities.
Skip Bayless feels that one star didn’t show up as he was supposed to.
Speaking on Undisputed, Bayless said that Sunday night’s defeat “felt like a disappearance to me from [Anthony Davis].”
“There is no Jalen Brunson. You can’t let the Knicks beat you without their star at home,” Bayless said.
"There is NO Jalen Brunson, you can't let the Knicks beat you without their star at home. It felt like a disappearance to me from AD."
— @RealSkipBayless on Lakers falling to 11th in West pic.twitter.com/7LVSbw8eG5
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) March 13, 2023
For the evening, Davis produced 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Those aren’t atrocious numbers but when a game ends as closely as this one did (112-108), it’s hard to not think that the Lakers could have won if Davis stepped up a bit more.
The complaints about Davis disappearing during games aren’t new.
This is something the star athlete has heard multiple times throughout the season because of some weak performances and multiple absences due to injuries.
These words from Bayless are just the latest criticizing Davis.
Fans of the Lakers feel that Davis should be the team’s leader, especially as LeBron James nears the end of his career.
The team could be Davis’ within the next few years, which means he will have to lead night after night.
In reality, there were multiple reasons why the Lakers lost on Sunday.
But Davis’ skill and potential and position within the team mean that he is going to get the most criticism when things go wrong.NEXT: Austin Reaves' Comments Have Lakers Fans Speculating