Skip Bayless was not particularly impressed as the Los Angeles Lakers won their first game of the season, as he credited an unheralded star as the “catalyst” for their win.
The Los Angeles Lakers have finally won their first game of the season. After starting the season with an opening night defeat to the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers followed it up with four straight losses against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Denver Nuggets, and the Minnesota Timberwolves – ensuring that they got off to an unwanted 0-5 start.
However, the Lakers seemed to have turned their fortunes around as they won their first game of the season against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night. The Lakers welcomed the Nuggets to the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, and even after going behind in the first two-quarters of the game – the Lakers turned it around in style and recorded a 121-110 victory.
While many people credited LeBron James – top scorer of both teams in the floor with 26 points – or Russell Westbrook who changed the momentum of the game after coming off the bench, Skip Bayless handed the credit to a completely unheralded star. The NBA analyst aimed a dig at the Lakers’ superstars as he chose a youngster as the “catalyst” for the Lakers’ first win.
Who did Bayless choose to credit the Lakers’ win to?
As it turns out, Bayless chose to credit the Lakers’ win to Austin Reaves, and called him the “catalyst” for the Lakers’ win.
Writing on his official Twitter account following the game, Bayless – who has been very critical of the Lakers and both of James and Westbrook for a while now – chose to credit Reaves for the victory. The NBA analyst wrote on his Twitter: “The truth is, the real Lakers catalyst tonight is the undrafted kid out of Oklahoma … Austin Reaves. Yes, it has come to this.”
Even though Reaves did play his part by scoring 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists – James and Westbrook could both claim an argument of having a bigger impact on the game. However, regardless of who impacted the result more, the Lakers would be relieved to have finally broken their duck.