On Sunday night, following a loss to the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant delivered a shot to the Lakersmanagement via the media regarding their handling of the Pau Gasol trade rumors.
Now Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak released a statement on Bryant’s rather controversial public comments.
“As a former player, I understand how the days leading up to the trade deadline can be nerve-wracking for an NBA player. Nonetheless, as General Manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come. To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans.”
To put it simply, it seems as if Kupchak is displeased with Bryant’s decision to make his opinion regarding the Pau Gasol rumors public. The Lakers have been an extremely dysfunctional unit this season with Lamar Odom being traded to the Mavericks after demanding he be dealt, the vetoed Chris Paul trade, underachieving this season on the road, and finally, rumors have begun to surface that first-year Laker head coach Mike Brown possibly being fired this season if the team’s performance does not turn around.
This is yet another distraction in the Laker organization and the franchise is now in the midst of a possible long-term downhill spiral.