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):
“Look, [Russell and Randle] are young. They still have a long way to go. They’ve got a lot of work to do,” Scott said before the game. “This change wasn’t so much based on them not performing up to their capability. It’s based on where we are as a team. That’s why I made this adjustment tonight.
“We’re 3-17, so obviously, it’s not working. So I wanted to get some new blood in there, some fresh blood, and see how those guys play. Five to 10 games from now, there might be another change. We might go back to what we did last year with different rotations. I’ve got to find five pieces at a time that can work and that can work well together. That wasn’t working so far as the first unit.”
After the loss, former Lakers guard Darius Morris—who was a 2011 second round draft pick and played 67 games in two seasons for the team before Scott was hired—dropped some Truth Bombs on Twitter. Here is a selection of them:
Nothing Morris wrote was necessarily wrong—and indeed nicer than some of the things we’ve written about Scott—but it’s probably a bad idea for an unemployed player hoping for another shot in the NBA to so publicly criticize a coach. Morris was waived by the Nets over the summer.
But after a few hours of tweeting about Scott, Morris claimed that his account was hacked and deleted the tweets:
There was a bizarre five or ten minutes where tweets were being deleted from Morris’s account while ones critical of Scott were still being posted, suggesting that Morris might be one of the rare athletes whose Twitter account actually was hacked. If so, hacking a former Laker benchwarmer’s account to make perfectly valid criticisms of Byron Scott is a pretty hilarious gag.
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