Originally Posted by kobesabi
I thought Lakers hired the high paying staffs and scouts are best of the best. When you do your homework, it should not depends on what others are thinking. If it depends on others see, Jerry West would have not made that trade to acquire Kobe or Phoenix accept Steve Nash trade. Just because others release after 10 days does not mean that team did their homework well. And when he was in DLeague...why didn't Lakers send someone there to see how he did or they did but did not see anything and too busy twittering with hoochies?
Kobe Bryant at the time was a player everyone had heard about and many wanted him. Kobe's agent made it clear to all the lottery teams that he would NOT play for any other team other than the los angeles lakers, and that if any other team had drafted Kobe, they better have had a deal in place to send him to LA, which eventually led to Vlade Divac for Kobe, because the hornets wanted Vlade anyways.
The rockets released Jeremy Lin, and then management said they regret doing so, only after he performed well.
A player's good performance in the D-League is not at all a predictor of how well they will play in the NBA.
Now let me ask you something Kobesabi, why wasn't Michael Jordan drafted number 1 overall? Shouldn't there have been scouts to see how well he was playing? Why was Michael Jordan cut from his high school basketball team?
Why was Dennis Rodman a walk on tryout in college? Why wasn't he well known?
Why was Manu Ginobli drafted number 59 overall in the NBA draft?
I could do this all day, if you want to put blame on someone for not recognizing him, you blame all 30 teams. Mike D'Antoni just THREW him in the game, and he ended up with a straight. He got lucky. Mike was about to be fired from the knicks. Nobody, not even the knicks, knew that they had a diamond in the rough.