The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t exactly blown anyone away when it comes to free agency.
Despite sitting on a chunk of cash, the Lakers way of rebuilding the roster has been as a result of trades — whether it has been swapping the Gasol brothers, getting Dwight Howard or acquiring Steve Nash.
And while some contend that playing next to Bryant is more of a hinderance to attracting free agents, Matt Barnes isn’t buying any of that.
“The reason people don’t want to go to the Lakers is because of management,” Barnes tells SI.com. “Kobe can be the scapegoat all they want but if you play hard, Kobe likes you. And if you bulls— around, he doesn’t. It’s plain and simple. He’s not a vocal leader. He just expects you to play as hard as you can every minute on the court, like he does.”
The duo played together in L.A., so if anyone would have some sort of inside knowledge on the situation, it’d be Barnes. The current Clipper follows in the footsteps of players like Paul George and Kevin Durant, who have verbally backed Bryant this season.