George Karl On Lakers: "It's A Soap Opera"

There's "too many voices" and "too many negative energies" in Los Angeles, Karl says, and it's hurting the franchise

Taz and the Moose
May 09, 2019 - 10:42 am
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LeBron James wanted Anthony Davis. Didn’t happen. LeBron James wanted Magic Johnson to stay. Didn’t happen. LeBron James wanted Ty Lue to coach. Didn’t happen.

What is happening in Los Angeles? Is Lakers management trying to show LeBron who’s boss?

“I think that’s been talked a lot about in L.A.,” former NBA head coach George Karl said on Taz & The Moose. “My son (Coby Karl) coaches the Lakers’ G-League team, and I’m in L.A. a lot in the winter. There’s too many voices. There’s too much loud noise around your team. There’s too many negative energies floating around your team. . . . Winning in the NBA (is tough), and little things matter in the NBA. When you have too many voices, the real voice doesn’t get heard.”

Stunningly, Jeanie Buss has reportedly been advised to trade LeBron James. The 34-year-old is still one of the best players in basketball – he averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists this year – but the Lakers missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

What could James be thinking right now amid these reports?

“I have no idea,” Karl said. “After everything that went down last night, Kyrie Irving could be traded, Anthony Davis could be traded, DeMarcus Cousins is on the market, and you could have LeBron on the market. Free agency is going to be the second act, trading these players and finding where you’re going to land and who’s going to play where. You’re talking about four or five of the best players in basketball that could be moved. 

“But I don’t know what LeBron is thinking,” Karl continued. “The summertime is for talk. This is where you try to get your team motivated and inspired to come back for next year. I think there’s plenty of time to do that, but right now it’s a soap opera.”