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Josh Hart throws shade at Lakers, backtracks

2018 Las Vegas Summer League - Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 17: Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Josh Hart #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk before the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League Championship game against the Portland Trail Blazers on July 17, 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Lonzo Ball’s brothers, LaMelo and LiAngelo, played in Lithuania.

That led to Josh Hart – whom the Lakers traded with Lonzo to the Pelicans – bashing the Lakers on the LightHarted Podcast.


Lithuania was very depressing. I went there, too, to go visit him. I wouldn’t do it again.
It’s hella gloomy. Nobody smiles. It’s like everybody just hates that they’re there, I’m like, “Damn.” I had to get out of there, bro.”


Sounds like L.A
I’m not talking about the city
I was going to say the Lakers organization.

Under Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, the Lakers had all kinds of problems on and off the court. A couple times, Hart felt the brunt of the Lakers’ issues. He reportedly got blamed for management’s mangled draft process, and he said he learned he got traded on Twitter.

It wouldn’t be even slightly surprising if he thought words like “depressing” and “gloomy” accurately described the Lakers.

The only surprise was him saying it. Most players take the high road publicly when leaving a team, no matter how the really feel.

Hart did just that after his podcast remarks gained attention:


Maybe Hart’s issue with the Lakers is limited to only how they handled his exit. It didn’t sound that way on the podcast, but perhaps he didn’t accurately convey how he felt about his time in Los Angeles.

That’s a tough sell, though.

Most likely, Hart made the classic mistake: He told the truth.