The talk around the NBA right now is the Los Angeles Lakers' botched negotiations with Ty Lue, which in turn caused him to turn down the head coaching gig, the latest in a long line of LA-based disasters for this new patchwork administration.
This had us thinking: What are the worst-run organizations in the NBA, at the moment?
Here are five of them that stick out.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
When thinking about the Timberwolves, the first thing that comes to mind is the drama surrounding Jimmy Butler this season. The team was downright dysfunctional under Tom Thibodeau, when it came to handling the beef between Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins. Owner Glen Taylor was publicly shocked by Thibodeau's actions, despite knowing all about his nasty exit with the Chicago Bulls.
And let's not forget that in the generation prior, the Timberwolves wasted the prime of Kevin Garnett, only escaping the first round once in franchise history back in 2004.
4. Sacramento Kings
The Kings have been a shell of their former selves since the early 2000's, when they had Chris Weber, Mike Bibby, and Peja Stojakovic, and only the refs standing between them and a Finals berth. In recent years, they've grabbed top college talents in De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III, and this past season, narrowly missed out on a return to the postseason despite messin' with chemistry by acquiring Harrison Barnes midway through the campaign. Their 39-43 record was the franchise's best since 2005-06, and a lot was credited by head coach Dave Joerger. Instead, the Kings extended general manager Vlade Divac, who subsequently fired Joerger. So...yeah.
3. Los Angeles Lakers
No team has had a downward spiral as quickly as the Lakers. The team brought in LeBron James just last summer with the hopes of competing for the NBA Playoffs with a young core, at the very least. Instead, they put together a lackluster supporting cast around James, got fined for tampering regarding a potential Anthony Davis trade, and team president Magic Johnson shockingly stepped down at the end of the season. Now, following the Ty Lue debacle, the coach-less Lakers are no longer the shining light of the NBA.
2. Phoenix Suns
Robert Sarver became the owner of the Suns in 2004, and after a brief stint of otherwordly success, has been buried at the bottom of the standings. During his tenure, Sarver has had nine different head coaches, which certainly isn't the way out of the doldrums. The team has had trouble building a team around star Devin Booker, with quiet free agency periods and poor drafting decisions. Add in brutal attendance numbers, and you've got yourself a mismanaged organization.
1. New York Knicks
Oh, the Knicks. A team residing in the World's Most Famous Arena has not brought any great memories in recent years. Poor drafting decisions and a failure to bring in top free agents has long plagued the team. However, owner James Dolan is long synonymous for the team's failure, and has no intent of selling the team. Instead, he bans fans who tell him to sell the team, because you know, priorities.
Good luck this summer, though!