Former NBA head coach George Karl is never afraid of some controversy. One of the most respected coaches in NBA history, Karl has been losing a lot of respect in the eyes of fans for his comments on modern basketball and horrible relationships with players like Carmelo Anthony and Metta Sandiford-Artest.
Karl hasn't been able to keep an NBA job since 2016 and is quite firmly out of the league with a modern wave of coaching permeating the NBA, with mostly former NBA stars breaking into head coaching roles. As a result, Karl is relegated to sharing his opinions on the game on Twitter, where he isn't afraid of dropping hot takes.
The former NBA Coach of the Year decided to dismiss the legitimacy of the Lakers 2020 Championship for taking place in a bubble, sharing a snarky tweet about how we should stop talking about the 2020 post-season in the bubble as the regular playoffs.
The argument that tries to dismiss the 2020 Bubble is instantly a flawed one. The bubble was one of the most grueling experiences the NBA went through because of the pandemic, and everyone had to go out of their way to deliver games to fans. That situation is probably more challenging than that of the regular playoffs.
The bubble deserves more credit for everything it gave the players and the fans. The players didn't have to lose massive parts of their wages because of the incomplete seasons, and fans got to watch basketball in one of the toughest times the world has ever seen.
Karl is a former NBA coach and has been in the playoff plenty of times, but he doesn't know what it takes to win a championship as a coach, so let's keep that in mind while analyzing his comments on a championship someone else won. It is unfair to criticize one postseason as less of 'the real playoffs' than others.