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Lakers News: Kobe Says Tanking ‘Sets A Bad Precedent For Team Culture’ Reviewed by Momizat on . The 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 The 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 Rating:
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Lakers News: Kobe Says Tanking ‘Sets A Bad Precedent For Team Culture’

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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:

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  • Jim213

    Too much rich history to tank, though the team could seriously use some starters.

  • ra

    Don’t worry, Kobe, they won’t tank. Don’t know if they’re good enough to actually make the playoffs, but I’m sure they’ll try.

    • Paytc

      Kobe will return in time to guide them into the playoffs. I also think there will be a small but important shuffle to aid Kobe and the Lakers with their playoff and championship push.
      There are several good players on this team and a lot less distractions than last season.

      This team is still gonna “STEP UP ” and pull off the shocker !

      Go Lakers !

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Sometimes a team tanks for 20 years straight see Clippers,Warriors for that LOL..

  • Julius

    If the team is at a mere 12 wins or less going into the New Year (which is looking very likely), why even come back this season? Take the year off. Why come back and at best lead the team to 41-41 give or take a game or 2? Why waste whatever mileage is left in his body for a team that will get nowhere close to sniffing the NBA title this season? Trade Pau for picks, and the way Steve Blake is playing right now, he’ll be highly tradeable for a playoff team in need of depth at guard. Roll the dice and who knows, they might end up with a high lottery pick.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Because Kobe is a warrior and you are a sissy. There are no waste when you love something that you do. Even the losses in life are not wastes, they are just humps and challenges that makes men better.

      You said it yourself, “Who knows…” sheshhh!!!

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Building a championship team is not instant noodles…or NBA2K…

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Cultures are built through experience… winning is a culture… tanking is a culture…

  • Daryl Peek

    90% of teams that won 26 games or less were not competitive in the next 5 years. Tanking doesn’t work, and is not in the Lakers DNA. Again the Lakers have never won less than 30 games in a season EVER.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      agree… a losing mentality breeds a losers mentality, hence a losing culture… tanking is a losers mentality, it will definitely breed a losing culture. I don’t understand why teams would even consider it.

  • inte R. aksyon

    kobe is a warrior, kobe is perseverance kobe is a Legend!

  • Rod

    I wonder what all of you “it’s not in our DNA to tank” will say if by chance the celtics who are in tank mode, gets back into title contention sooner than the lakers. I know, it will be “stupid Jim and Mitch, they should’ve tanked!!!”

    • Daryl Peek

      Ask Kobe.

  • Ryan

    I get what he’s saying about this whole tanking thing, but I also get the flipside. lets be honest, this team is going nowhere. 35 wins tops is my guess. Sometimes in business, as painful as it might be monetarily or to one’s pride, the best course is to take the loss in the short term to set yourself up to a much rosier position in the long term. It’s a tough call either way.

    • Daryl Peek

      That remains to be seen. The team was suppose to win it all last season according to pundits. Way too early to be judging the team just yet.

      The Sixers are in third place in the east at 5-4 with wins over Miami, Chicago & Houston. Boston, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Toronto are all in the top eight in the east meanwhile the Bulls, NY and Brooklyn are struggling mightily! Portland is in second place in the West at 6-2? Phoenix is in the 6th seed at 5-3 right now.

      It’s bizzaro world at this early stage. Give it another 10 to 15 games before true judgments can be made.

  • Martin Susman

    Not to worry Kobe, with the coach they have now two things will happen, one he will continue to crippled his best guys & two he will lose a hell of a lot more games then he would win, sooooooo keeping this coach is the same thing as tanking.

  • Matt Williams

    I personally think tanking should be outlawed in the NBA. You should always try your best, if it’s not good enough then it is what it is. Never lose on purpose cause then you look bad. Laker organization is way better than that.

  • losersnotwelcome

    rebuilding is the only way to go!

  • Jack in Hollywood

    Jim Rome the radio ‘ho? Former pimp in the box until he joined Fox…what a fraud you’ve become Jimi boy…unlistenable!!

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