NBA

GM discusses Lakers tanking

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

The Lakers are going through one of their toughest seasons in recent memory.

With Kobe Bryant continuing to struggle with injury, and a youthful, relatively unproven line up posting a 14-22 record so far this season, LA Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has rejected the idea the Lakers could tank the rest of the season.

The thinking behind tanking would be to give the Lakers a high pick in an eagerly anticipated 2014 NBA draft.

And, whether by bad form or design, the Lakers could well be on their way to entering the lottery for the first time since 2005.

But Kupchak has gone on record to condemn the practice of tanking:

“In any sport, that should never be a factor, whether it’s NBA basketball or football or baseball,

“That’s the worst possible message you could send to anybody anywhere, whether it’s a fan or a player or a coach, and we will not do that.

Our players will play hard and fight hard to the very end.”

It remains to be seen whether the Lakers can improve in the remainder of the season but, according to Kupchak at least, if they do end up gaining a decent draft pick come the end of the season it won’t have been intentional.

Topics:
NBA
LA Lakers

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again