The Los Angeles Lakers are down 54-36 after the first half of their Friday night game against the Atlanta Hawks, and appear to be well on their way to their 51st loss of the season. The Lakers futility has led them to the second worst record in the league by the end of the night regardless of the outcome of their game against the Hawks, behind only the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Lakers will convey their 2016 first round draft pick to those same Sixers as a result of the Steve Nash trade (Philadelphia received it from the Phoenix Suns) should it fall outside of the top-three selections in the draft. If the season ended today, their second worst record in the NBA would give the Lakers a 55.8 percent chance to keep it.
For this reason, Jalen Rose argued that Lakers head coach Byron Scott should be in the Coach of the Year conversation, implying that his coaching has been a not insignificant factor in the team's futility and that keeping that pick was the best thing long term for the franchise:
Based on most of Scott's comments this year, it appears unlikely he is "in on the tank," or intentionally sabotaging the Lakers. Either way, the second year head coach should probably not be expecting to take home Coach of the Year hardward after this season, even if Jalen has jokes.
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