The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to save their season after losing their first three games, so Will Smith visited the squad to talk about overcoming obstacles.
Smith spent time with the Lake Show talking about subjects that will appear in his next movie, “Emancipation,” such as the advantages of community and the need of showing thankfulness in trying circumstances.
WS met Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka, and the organization gave the star of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” a No. 14 Lakers jersey.
Will’s speech had a significant message, and it came at a time when the Lakers were under relentless media scrutiny—a sensation Smith also felt earlier this year.
The 54-year-old native of Philadelphia experienced severe public reaction and repercussions for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, including a 10-year suspension from the Academy Awards.
Smith appeared to become the internet’s worst person after the viral incident, but he eventually apologized to Rock and has since been trying to rehabilitate his reputation.
Smith’s ultimate goal was to convince the Lakers that no matter how bad things appear, the only way to get through them is by banding together and enjoying the battle.
It remains to be seen if Will’s motivational speech will be effective because the Lakers still have plenty of time to make adjustments.