The Los Angeles Lakers are again on the way to a lottery appearance in the 2015-2016 NBA Season but Lakers head coach Byron Scott insisted that the team is not tanking as speculated by most NBA observers who believe that the Lakers prefer losses to gain a top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
“You don’t go out there trying to lose basketball games. “I think that’s a bad way to present that to your team, ‘We’re trying to lose so we can protect the top-three pick.’ That’s a bad omen to me.” Scott said to the Los Angeles Times.
“It sets a bad precedent to me, especially this organization and the people that’s been in this organization for a long time and understand what this organization is all about, we’ve never been like that and never will be. So I would never, even behind closed doors, tell my players, tell my coaches, tell my trainers or anybody that we were trying to lose games on purpose to protect the pick.”
The Lakers are last in the Western Conference with 11 wins against 48 losses so far this season. The Los Angeles squad’s record is only better than the Philadelphia 76ers, who are the worst team in the league with 8 wins against 49 losses this year.
With how the Lakers are performing poorly this season, it is difficult to believe Scott’s claims that they are not trying to lose. The Lakers are on a seven-game losing streak and just 2-17 in their last 19 games.
Even with Scott’s denial, many believe that the Lakers are trying to lose games so they can pick college star prospect Ben Simmons, who is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft.
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