LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has expressed his dismay at the tanking culture in the NBA, amid concerns franchises are already making plans for the 2014 draft, which could be one of the best in history.
A number of college superstars, including Andre Wiggins and Jabari Parker, will be available when the next draft comes along, and teams are eager to get the first pick and, thus, the choice of the talent on offer.
Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers are two franchises who let players go in the off-season in order to weaken their respective rosters, with a lower finish in the rankings this year hopefully meaning a higher draft pick.
It is a controversial strategy, which is creating plenty of debate in the NBA, and one prominent figure is not a supporter of tanking, and does not believe it reflects well on the franchises involved.
Bryant, speaking in an interview with Jim Rome on Showtime, said: "Honestly, it sets a bad precedent for your team culture. It becomes part of your DNA."
The 35-year-old, meanwhile, remains off the court after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon playing for the Lakers against Golden State back in April.
Bryant is still some way off from a return to wearing the Lakers jersey, and has yet to begin full sprinting in his rehabilitation.