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James Worthy: “Nobody respects the Lakers like they used to”

Last night’s Lakers loss against the Pacers left many of the purple and gold fans wondering what went wrong after their team defeated one of the top teams in the West – the Jazz – in the previous game.

James Worthy, who won three NBA championships as a Laker, thinks that his former team is not putting the necessary effort and other teams lost respect to them because of that.

“You are the Los Angeles Laker, you have that on the front of your chest, that means a lot. That means maximum effort every night, that means winning your home games, unless a Golden State comes in or Arizona, a team that’s really good, you might lose a game at home,” he said on Spectrum SportsNet.

“But you definitely beat the Indianas, the Oklahomas, the Houston Rockets. You demolish those teams when they come into your home. That’s not happening. To see the inconsistency it seems no sense of urgency. Nobody respects the Lakers like they used to, they’re not afraid of you anymore.

“By you continuing to lose you just give all teams, not just good teams but some subpar teams like Indiana, like Oklahoma, they come in here they feel like you’re disrespecting, you don’t play them a full 48 minutes and somehow they feel like they’re going to get back in the game. You don’t take care of the little things, you don’t box out, you don’t get back on transition defense all the things that have won 17 championships here it’s not obvious to us here.”

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