Kobe Bryant has criticised the Los Angeles Lakers’ team management in the wake of the side’s poor display in the 102-90 defeat to the Phoenix Suns.
Bryant is concerned that influential team-mate Pau Gasol is about to be traded, something that he believes is disrupting the whole side.
He said: “It’s just tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if you’re going to be here tomorrow. So I’d rather them not trade him at all. If they were going to do something, I wish they would just … do it. If they’re not going to do it, come out and say you’re not going to do it.”
At one point in the third quarter against Phoenix, the Lakers were losing by 27 points and, despite 32 points from Bryant, they were unable to bounce back.
It has been a difficult season for the Lakers who have never really recovered from last year’s NBA Championship defeat to the Dallas Mavericks.
Since then Mike Brown has replaced Phil Jackson as coach and the Lakers have been re-designed as a defense-oriented team; this re-jig will hopefully them a better defensive proposition for those looking to bet on basketball.
The Lakers had planned to let Gasol join New Orleans and Chris Paul move to Los Angeles before the start of the season, only for NBA Commissioner David Stern to put an end to the deals, and Paul eventually joined the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Lakers are currently at 18-13, two games behind the first-placed Clippers in the Pacific Division and are only fifth in the Western Conference, just a half-game ahead of Memphis and Houston. This position makes them one of the ideal NBA betting tips.