Byron Scott says he hasn’t talked to D’Angelo Russell or Julius Randle about demotions

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Byron Scott removed D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle from the starting lineup. Scott also reduced their minutes.

Could the Lakers coach handle the promising young players any worse?

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

In other words: Scott credited Russell and Randle for overcoming Scott.

Good coaches communicate well with their players. They ensure everyone understands their roles, even if they dislike them. They give their players a chance to share their thoughts.

Scott admits he’s not doing that with Russell and Randle.

He’s also not winning. The Lakers are 3-18 this season and were 21-61 last season.

Nor is he maximizing the development of Russell and Randle. They need playing time.

So, why are the Lakers insisting on keeping Scott? They couldn’t find someone else who will lose enough the rest of the season to keep their top-three protected first-round pick while better communicating with players and developing the young ones?