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Smack / Dec 12, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Jeanie Buss: Tanking Is “Unforgivable” And “Doesn’t Belong In Any League”

Jeanie Buss

Maybe if those within the Los Angeles Lakers organization had a better grasp of their team’s reality, they’d be more inclined to admitting the merits of tanking. In wake of Magic Johnson saying that he hopes the purple-and-gold “lose every game,” owner Jeanie Buss strongly refuted that such a strategy ultimately yields winning basketball. Read More »

Smack / Dec 9, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Magic Johnson: “I Hope The Lakers Lose Every Game”

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson for Los Angeles Lakers general manager? If the Philadelphia 76ers’ long game eventually works as L.A. continues to struggle, perhaps it’s not so crazy. At a speaking event on Tuesday, the Hall-of-Famer endorsed outright tanking by saying that he “hopes the Lakers lose every game.” Read More »

GIFs, Smack / Nov 24, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Are The Lakers Relying On Kobe Bryant Too Much? “Not Really,” Byron Scott Says

Kobe Bryant, Byron Scott

Kobe Bryant is the league’s leading scorer at 26.7 points per game. He averages 6.1 more shots and uses a 4.5 greater percentage of possessions than any player in basketball. Bryant is also shooting a putrid 38.1 percent from the field, his team plays more efficient offense when he’s on the bench, and the Los Angeles Lakers are 3-11. Might the purple-and-gold be relying on their 36 year-old legend a bit too much, then? “Not really,” says coach Byron Scott. Read More »

NBA / Nov 17, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Byron Scott Says He Has “No Doubt” The Lakers Will Win A Title While He Is Coach

Kobe Byrant, Byron Scott

It’s a tough time to be a Lakers fan. After losing a franchise worst 55 games last year, they’ve started this season off by dropping nine of their first 10. Before losing big against the Spurs and Warriors over the weekend, coach Byron Scott told ESPN’s Baxter Holmes he has faith the Lakers organization will right the ship. Scott even told his team, “I have no doubt that we will win a championship in my tenure here as head coach.” Try not to spit whatever you’re drinking at your computer or phone, but he was serious. Read More »

Smack / Nov 15, 2014 / 5:10 pm

Steve Nash Won’t Return Calls From The Lakers

Steve Nash

Last month the Lakers made the decision to sit Steve Nash down for the season. Recurring back problems, as well as a host of other maladies for the 40 year old, forced the Lakers to move on without the two-time MVP. Except, rather than act as a mentor for some of the younger Lakers, Nash has disappeared, and coach Byron Scott would like to hear from him. Read More »

Latest News / Nov 5, 2014 / 11:30 am

Kobe Needs Lakers “To Just Get A Damn Win” Following Fifth Straight Loss

Byron Scott, Marc Davis, Kobe Bryant

The Lakers dropped their fifth straight game to open the 2014-15 NBA season, and Kobe Bryant was in full-on God mode, needing 37 shots to drop 39 points in their 112-106 loss to the Suns last night. Asked after the game what the team needed to do to get on track, Bryant didn’t mince words: “Just get a damn win,” he told the Los Angeles Daily News‘ Mark Medina. Read More »

NBA / Oct 27, 2014 / 10:30 pm

Byron Scott Says Dwight Howard Lacks Kobe’s Drive For Championships

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers should want to forget that he ever wore the purple and gold. On eve of the Houston Rockets center’s second game back at Staples Center since his contentious departure, though, Byron Scott refused to let that happen. Asked why Howard clashed with Kobe Bryant during their season as teammates in 2012-2013, the Lakers first-year coach pointed to Howard’s drive for championships being lower than Bryant’s as justification. Read More »

Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 10:30 am

Kobe On Julius Randle Having Him As A Mentor: “It Means He Can’t F**k It Up”

Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle

The Lakers stormed back from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat the Utah Jazz at home last night, 98-91. Kobe Bryant‘s 26 points and Ronnie Price‘s defense were the biggest reasons why. Rookie Julius Randle had a decent game, too, with eight points, five rebounds and two blocks. When asked about mentoring Randle after the game, Kobe made it clear it was on the rookie to soak up as much as he could from Mamba and coach Byron Scott. Read More »

NBA / Sep 9, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Byron Scott On Kobe: “There Might Be Some Games Where He Can’t Play”

Byron Scott

Given his age and recent injury history, many people are wondering whether Kobe Bryant will still perform at an elite level this season. One way to make sure Kobe remains effective is to manage his minutes, even sitting him out at times during the regular season — something akin to what the Heat did with Dwayne Wade last season. This is something new Lakers head coach Byron Scott plans on discussing with Kobe when training camp starts. Read More »

Latest News / Jul 25, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Update: Scott, Lakers Agree To Four-Year Deal

Byron Scott

UPDATE: ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that Scott has agreed to a four-year, $17 million contract to become the Lakers’ head coach.

PREVIOUSLY: A development that’s seemed inevitable for weeks is finally underway. According to ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers have offered their head coaching job to Byron Scott. Read More »