Lakers News: Kobe Says Tanking ‘Sets A Bad Precedent For Team Culture’

Kobe BryantThe 2014 NBA draft is considered by many to be one of the best of all-time. Most believe there could be as many as five potential franchise players in the draft with Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, and Julius Randle being among those top prospects.

This has led many teams to attempt to stockpile draft picks, and let some players go in hopes of obtaining a high draft pick. This strategy, known as tanking, is a subject of debate amongst everyone in every level of the NBA. In an interview with Jim Rome on Jim Rome on Showtime, Kobe Bryant gave his thoughts on the subject:

Honestly, it sets a bad precedent for your team culture. It becomes part of your DNA.

For many organizations that are not normally a free agent destination, the draft is the only way to bring in a franchise player. Teams like the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Indiana Pacers have all built their teams mainly through excellent drafts.

Bryant’s feelings on this subject are interesting. You hear many people talking about ‘changing the culture of the team’ and that can be a difficult task, but under Bryant’s mentality, you can avoid a losing culture, by simply not accepting failure.

With many teams operating under the ‘get worse to get better’ mindset, Bryant’s stance is something that would not be accepted in other organizations. But the Lakers are not every other organization and Bryant is not every other player. We should never expect them to operate like everyone else does.

Check out the entire interview below:

—————————————————————————————-
VIDEO: Did You See What Kobe Had To Say Recently About The Difficulty Of Players Staying With The Same Team?

You May Also Like

Shaquille O’Neal Compares Playing With Penny Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, And LeBron James

Shaquille O’Neal had the privilege of playing with a number of all-time greats during his own Hall of Fame 20-year NBA…

Lakers News: Media Still Has Giannis Antetokounmpo Ahead Of LeBron James For 2019-20 NBA MVP

Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended, one of the biggest developing stories was that of the Most Valuable Player…

Paul Pierce Details Growing Up Lakers Fan, But Being Selected By Celtics In 1998 NBA Draft

For most Los Angeles Lakers fans, Paul Pierce’s name brings a certain disdain and dislike as he was a villain who had no…

Lakers News: Rudy Gay Amazed By LeBron James’ Longevity In 17th NBA Season

Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, there were questions as to how LeBron James would perform in his 17th season with…