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.