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 »
/ Nov 17, 2014 / 3:30 pm
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 »
/ Nov 15, 2014 / 5:10 pm
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 »
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 »
/ Oct 27, 2014 / 10:30 pm
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 »
/ Oct 20, 2014 / 10:30 am
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 »
/ Sep 9, 2014 / 12:00 pm
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.
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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 »
/ Jul 25, 2014 / 11:30 am
The Lakers introduced Jeremy Lin at a press conference on Thursday. He spoke about Kobe Bryant and was asked about the Linsanity era in New York.
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/ Jul 9, 2014 / 9:45 pm
The Los Angeles Lakers have been without a head coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned in April. The team interviewed Byron Scott for the opening in May and never reached an agreement with the former Lakers star. However, Kobe Bryant’s recent words make it seem like Scott is Los Angeles’ most likely hire nonetheless. Read More »