TAG: Byron Scott

NBA / Jan 12, 2015 / 4:45 pm

Byron Scott Admits Kobe’s Minutes Were “Overload” Earlier In The Year

Kobe Bryant, Byron Scott

The Lakers are in shambles, but Kobe Bryant‘s presence continues to make them interesting to the basketball public. After taking a break for three consecutive games last month, he returned with a flourish, and he’ll now sit out one game — dependent on the opponent — of LA’s eight remaining back-to-backs this season. Coach Byron Scott now admits to the Los Angeles Daily News he played Vino too much earlier in the season and it wore him down. Read More »

NBA / Jan 5, 2015 / 1:00 pm

Byron Scott Says Kobe Bryant Won’t Play Back-To-Backs For Rest Of Season

Byron Scott, Kobe Bryant

Byron Scott is finally affording Kobe Bryant some much-needed rest, and that strategy is paying off for team and player. As a result, the Los Angeles Lakers will continue utilizing it. After Kobe helped the Lakers to a close win over the Indiana Pacers with 20 points, six assists, and a crucial crunch-time basket, Scott said his superstar won’t play back-to-backs for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. Read More »

Latest News / Dec 22, 2014 / 10:30 am

After Shooting Lakers To Loss, Kobe Says “It Might Make Sense” To Rest

Kobe Bryant, DeMarcus Cousins

The Lakers lost at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento last night, 108-101, and it’s hard not to blame anyone other than a very worn-down Kobe Bryant. The 36 year-old shot a miserable 8-for-30 — including 1-for-7 in the fourth — and turned the ball over nine times in the loss. After the game, coach Byron Scott pondered whether it might make sense to sit Mamba a game or two to rest his legs. Surprisingly, Kobe agreed. Read More »

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 »