Halfway through the season, Lakers coach Byron Scott is still giving asinine quotes to the media and ham-fistedly messing with the development of his number two draft pick, D’Angelo Russell.
Lakers head coach Byron Scott has a reputation to uphold. Not as a smart or even competent NBA coach, but as a tough-talkin’, no-nonsense, these-goddang-kids-and-their-goddang-iGoogles hard ass. This is why, if you get feisty in his Instagram mentions, you might get challenged to a fight.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott is tasked with managing the obligations of the Kobe Bryant Retirement Tour alongside the imperative of developing the young talent on the roster. We can acknowledge that this is a difficult balancing act, while at the same time recognizing that he has completely failed at it.
Before Monday night’s loss against the Raptors, Lakers coach Byron Scott decided to bring prized youngsters Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell off the bench, giving this nonsensical explanation for the move (via ESPN):
As a basketball fan, one of life’s simplest pleasures is waking up each day and knowing there is a good chance that Lakers head coach Byron Scott is going to do or say something that is hilariously dumb. Last night, he did not disappoint.
The Los Angeles Lakers are, unsurprisingly, very bad this year. They’re in the bottom seven in both defensive and offensive rating, Byron Scott doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing, and Kobe Bryant has been comically awful when he’s not taking mandated days off.
With the second pick in the 2015 draft, the Los Angeles Lakers considered selecting Kristaps Porzingis, but ultimately passed because, in the words of head coach Byron Scott, “[We] just thought it was going to take him some time [to develop].”
Last night’s Nuggets-Lakers game wasn’t really anything worth getting excited about—both teams are bad, you see—except to see what Nuggets rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay was going to do or say about Lakers head coach Byron Scott’s pregame sniping.
It has been a remarkable year of quotes from Lakers coach Byron Scott, who has vacillated between pure delusion and brutal honesty with his words. Speaking with reporters after practice yesterday about how he is going to continue to make his very bad team practice hard, he opted for the latter. Via the LA Times:
Lakers head coach Byron Scott, whose coaching philosophy basically boils down to "let's go out there and do dumb and bad things on the basketball court," was asked a few questions yesterday about how he utilizes analytics to try and improve his team. Brace yourself for his shocking answer.
Since Kobe Bryant came back from a week of DNP - Old, the Lakers have gone 1-2, with a win over the Nuggets featuring an old-man triple-double from Kobe, and a close loss to the Grizzlies, a much better team than the Lakers. By any measure, this represents drastic if short-term improvement. Naturally, Byron Scott…
That Nick Young's return to the lineup would coincide with the Lakers' ascent from gonzo terribleness to bland mediocrity fits, really. Both because at every stop in his NBA career Nick Young has done whatever would annoy me the most, but also because "Swaggy P" is the basketball embodiment of a twee, boring,…
Kobe Bryant shot a combined 16-for-48 in the two ass-kickings the Lakers absorbed over the weekend. Even the bad guys from Rambo III are all, "Jesus, man, that's a lotta terrible shooting." The friggin' Ethyl Higby Charm School doesn't have that many misses.
First things first: You don't get to miss more shots than anybody else in NBA history by being bad at basketball. That record would be Larry Hughes's if he didn't, y'know, suck at everything, and in this sense, the all-time missed-shots record is a perverse monument to Kobe Bryant's greatness. He missed more shots…
The hilarious Lakers finally got a win last night, a 107-92 clobbering of the Hornets in Los Angeles. Turns out, all it took to get the Lakers off the hook was nearly an entire week off to prepare to host one of the most dysfunctional offensive teams in basketball. Should be a pretty repeatable formula!
So the Lakers rolled out their "actually, bad basketball is cool and good" strategy again last night in Phoenix; accordingly, they got their wheels knocked off, losing 119-99 in a game that somehow makes even that score seem deceptively close.
Yep, the Lakers really are going with this whole "play terrible basketball on purpose" thing. Last night against the Rockets, they attempted 10 three-pointers as a team—two more than Houston's Trevor Ariza fired up by himself—and sent the Rockets to the free-throw line 50 times. They did both of those things on…
Byron Scott gave an interview last week following the Lakers' first preseason game; it went largely ignored, because preseason is stupid and no one cares. But with the Lakers looking like one of the more conspicuous disasters going so far—without any plans of tanking, bear in mind—let's take a quick look at just how…
So, this is just great. Former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Byron Scott and James Worthy were on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet prior to a Lakers game, when they were charged with doing their best Nick "Swaggy P" Young impression. Turns out, Swaggy P sounds exactly how we all expect Swaggy P to sound.
On Thursday, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired Byron Scott after three relatively miserable post-LeBron seasons. Scott was hired just before James took his talents to South Beach, and he was tasked with rebuilding a team that had just lost the best basketball player on the planet for virtually nothing in return. Over…