The Los Angeles Lakers endured the worst season in the franchise's history in 2014-15 as they limped to 14th spot in the Western Conference. Frankly, the less said about their 21-61 record the better.
The disastrous campaign did, though, bring one bit of good news after the famous franchise jumped to number two spot in the NBA draft lottery last night.
Kobe Bryant didn't take long to react to the outcome, and his response to the news pretty much perfectly sums up the feelings held by every Lakers fan over the past 12 months or so.
Taking to social media after last night's extravaganza, Kobe wasn't pulling any punches with this message sent out on Twitter:
The Lakers could have ended the night without a first round pick - if they'd slipped outside the top five in the lottery the pick would have gone to the Sixers as part of the Steve Nash 2012 trade with the Suns - but, in reality, they improved their chances of landing a true draft star as they rose from fourth spot to number two overall.
With Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns likely available at that stage of proceedings it was certainly a good night for the Lakers franchise.
Whether Kobe Bryant had to spell it out quite so publicly however is another question.
Long time coming
The Black Mamba has never been a man afraid of speaking his mind and that was no different this past season.
Whether part of the line up or watching on injured from the sidelines, Bryant has been critical of his teammates on a number of occasions as his frustration at the Lakers' current predicament boiled over.
And, while everyone with half an eye on events at Staples Center this year couldn't argue the Lakers did "play like crap" more often than not, it is unlikely the likes of Boozer, Clarkson, Lin, Hill or head coach Byron Scott appreciate their team leader putting it so bluntly.
With the Lakers' tanking mission having gone better than most were predicting thanks to the lottery boost, there are at least some positive signs for the franchise moving forward.
Kobe himself, alongside promising rookie Julius Randle, will be back on the court for the 2015-16 season after lengthy layoffs, and they'll be joined by rookie first-teamer Clarkson and one of the top names in this year's NBA Draft class.
Lakers fans: Who do you want the franchise to take at number two in the draft? Have your say in the comments section below...
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