After every single Los Angeles Lakers’ win once it became the clear the team was playing for lottery balls rather than a surprise postseason spot, Twitter invariably becomes filled with angry rants about how the team is costing themselves a better shot at their top-three protected pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
It sounds like Lakers forward Thomas Robinson’s mentions are no different, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Medina wrote that Robinson told the media that after the Lakers’ surprise win over the San Antonio Spurs “there were a few fans getting on him on Twitter about Lakers' win hurting their chances in the lottery.”
This is just stupid, and calls back to the same ideas that Luke Walton and Larry Nance, Jr. both expressed after the game: Lakers players and coaches are not trying to lose. Fans shouldn’t expect them to try to lose.
Robinson isn’t going to play less hard to help the Lakers draft a player who could take his job. Nance shouldn’t be expected to, either.
Walton is a coach, not a general manager, and his job is to win the game in front of him as he tries to help his team build a winning culture moving forward.
It makes sense for Lakers fans to be mad about the team’s chances to keep their lottery pick getting worse with each win.
It’s doesn’t makes sense for them to yell at the Lakers’ players who shouldn’t be expected to, and never were going to try to, lose games intentionally.
In other words, don’t @ Thomas Robinson. You’re better than that, Lakers fans.