I point to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s terrible decision making as one of the primary reasons the Lakers have been in a tailspin, having lost nine consecutive games. Now in his fifth year in the NBA, he was signed to a one year deal with the Lakers who expected KCP to be a defensive stopper, a three-point shooter and “a veteran who the young Lakers will learn from and emulate”!
The Lakers’ $18 million player (making similar money to Klay Thompson, De Marcus Cousins and John Wall) scored zero points in twenty minutes in the upsetting loss at home to the Hornets Friday night. This is the culmination of bad choices starting last year while still playing for the Pistons when he was charged with driving under the influence. Then he failed to take the drug/alcohol tests required as part of his sentence. This resulted in a 25 day sentence in a Seal Beach jail where he was allowed to leave jail for Laker practices and California games but not allowed to leave the state for away games.
Exactly what are the young Lakers supposed to learn or emulate from this bad behavior? Since KCP began serving his 25-day sentence, he has been playing very poorly, his on-the-court body language has been disgusting, he looks so distracted and he has been scoring considerably below his career averages. Add to that the other Laker starters out due to injuries, KCP playing poorly at home and not playing at all outside California, is it any wonder the Lakers have dropped to last place in the West?
KCP. shame, shame on you!!!!!!