Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchack said that the team shall no longer consider ace star Kobe Bryant’s approval on the roster while deciding on second overall pick of the NBA draft, according to Los Angeles Daily News.
“We’re not going to pick a player because he can play with Kobe, likes Kobe or dislikes Kobe,” revealed Kupchack. “We’re going to pick the player that can have the longest and best career.”
The Lakers signed young Kobe Bryant 19 years back from the Hornets, and it became the one of the greatest picks in NBA history. Bryant, a five-time NBA champions with the Lakers is considered one of the greatest among the all-time NBA stars.
“He’s never been great with rookies,” Kupchak said of Bryant. “Rookies have come to expect Kobe’s glare, Kobe ignoring him in the locker room and saying things.”
The Lakers management is thinking seriously about leaving their All-star in near future, after the 2016 season, to avoid any contract dispute, as the super-star’s contract runs till the end of 2016 season. Bryant may not retire though.
The above statement of the GM is a proof of the Lakers utter detachment with Bryant.
Kupchacks comments clarifies that their thought process on who they’ll pick in the second draft differs entirely from the Timberwolves. The Tiberwolves management earlier said that the Kevin Garnett will be playing an important role in their vetting process of the overall selection.
“I’ve had conversations with him over the last 2-3 weeks about the guys we are (considering) drafting,” Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders told Chris Mannix over at NBC Sports Radio.