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Lakers president Jeanie Buss: Tanking is ‘unforgivable’ and ‘irresponsible’

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - April 21, 2014

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - April 21, 2014

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Magic Johnson has a plan for the Lakers: Tank.

But Lakers president Jeanie Buss wants no part of it.

Buss, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

“I think the teams that use that as a strategy are doing damage,” Buss said as part of a wide-ranging ESPN The Magazine joint interview with her brother, and Lakers president of player personnel, Jim Buss. “If you’re in a tanking mode and you’re doing that for three years or whatever, that means you’ve got young players from the years that you were at the bottom that you’re teaching bad habits to. I think that’s unforgivable.

“If you’re tanking and you have young players or you keep a short roster, you’re playing guys out of their position or too many minutes, you’re risking injury. It’s irresponsible and I don’t think it belongs in any league.”

Teaching bad habits to young players?

Playing guys out of position?

Giving players too many minutes?

Buss is right. That’s “unforgivable” and “irresponsible.” Good thing the Lakers don’t engage in those heinous practices.