Laker Nation better prepare for the worst … ’cause NBA super fan Jimmy Goldstein says L.A. has a snowball’s chance in hell to beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs — telling TMZ Sports it would be a complete shock if LeBron James and Co. won the series.
Goldstein holds the record for attending the most NBA games in the history of the league … so naturally, he was present for the Lakers’ play-in game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.
Jimmy G says he was thoroughly unimpressed with what he saw from the Purple and Gold in the overtime thriller … adding it just goes to show they’re really not poised to make a deep playoff run this season.
Goldstein points out the Wolves were without defensive stars Rudy Gobert and Jaden McDaniels … and it wasn’t a good sign that the Lake Show needed extra time to put them away.
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He also thinks L.A.’s hot run at the end of the regular season was more due to the fact that their opponents were tanking … which would explain why they were able to put together some wins.
Long story short — if you’re a betting person, Jimmy thinks you’d be throwing money away to pick the Lakers to win it all.
The Grizzlies vs. Lakers matchup starts on Sunday … and if Goldstein is right, it won’t be a long series.