Byron Scott has taken shots at some of his Lakers charges and their lack of professionalism all season. This team clearly frustrates him, as it would pretty much any coach. Still, for a coach selling himself as strong at player development, there has been precious little of that with the Lakers. Save for Jordan Clarkson.
Scott’s latest shot at the Lakers’ players came after practice Monday when Scott talked about trying to teach guys and get them to grow as the season winds down. Via Broderick Turner at the Los Angeles Times.
“I got a sense of a whole lot of them I wouldn’t want to be in a fox hole with,” Scott said after Monday’s practice. “I think they’d end up shooting me in the back. So I’ve got a pretty good sense of the guys that I think are going to be around, that we will build around, build together in this process and go through it.”
This Lakers team will finish with the worst record in franchise history.
While the roster was bad from the start and then had key guys injured — Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle may have been their best players — Scott has been far from impressive at the helm. His early offense was simply too Kobe-centric and he ran Bryant into the ground (something Scott admitted). There has been a lack of creativity beyond that — the Lakers play basketball from another era of offense and get crushed for it.
There isn’t a ton of talent in Philadelphia, but those guys are playing hard and developing an identity for Brett Brown. The Celtics have a roster designed to tank but Brad Stevens has them fighting for a playoff spot out East. You see Stan Van Gundy setting things up in Detroit for the future. Utah has more talent than the Lakers but you’ve also see that talent grow over the course of the season.
The Lakers will shake up the roster some this offseason (and a lot of guys on it this year are not long for the NBA). But will we see growth? Because there are more issues with the Lakers than just the roster.