Lakers coach says the forward who the team unsuccessfully pursued over the summer is wrong in his assessment of the front office.
L.A. Times: Putting on the purple and gold, playing under championship banners, standing shoulder to shoulder with superstars was once considered a dream role around the NBA.
Didn’t everybody want to be a Laker?
Not Kevin Garnett. Last week, he told The Times that, despite the fact he has a home in Malibu, he didn’t want to depend on a Lakers front office he saw as ineffective.
Is his a lone voice, or is the perception of a dysfunctional organization, fueled by an off-season of finger-pointing and a failure to make a meaningful move, more widespread, perhaps discouraging other big names from seeking a Lakers roster spot?
Comparing the Lakers to his former team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, who weren’t able to provide him with sufficient help, Garnett, now a Boston Celtic, said, “I knew I didn’t want to deal with that. I didn’t want to duplicate that. I didn’t want to mimic that.”
After practice Saturday , Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was asked if he thought Garnett’s criticism was an isolated case.