Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach, and player, Byron Scott had some advice for Lakers fans who can’t stop hating on their newest player, superstar forward LeBron James, who was signed to a lucrative deal this offseason, telling them to stop the hate.
“I bleed purple and gold – that’s my heart,” Scott said, during an interview with The Score’s Christopher Carson. “I’ve been with that organization for so many years. Magic Johnson is a close friend of mine and I was so excited for him and Jeanie Buss. I was extremely excited for them to get the best player in basketball to come to Los Angeles. Obviously, it has given a lot of energy to Los Angeles.”
“A lot of people are excited and you got some people that are haters,” Scott continued. “That’s everywhere you go and LeBron has dealt with that his entire career. But I tell the people of Los Angeles that if you want to win, wouldn’t you want the best player in the league on your team? Don’t hate on LeBron James. Congratulate this man that he went there and chose that organization for probably his last stop.”
Byron Scott Blasts Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma for ‘Death Lineup’ Comment
The comments that drew the ire of Scott?
“I think our smallball unit can be really good,” Kuzma said,according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times .
“I think we can have a death lineup whether that’s [Rajon] Rondo and Lonzo [Ball] on the floor at the same time and me and [Brandon Ingram] and [Le]Bron [James] or substituting guys. I think as we get better defensively and get more continuity, that small ball lineup is going to be huge for us, especially in the playoffs, when everybody’s going to be going small.”
During an appearance on ESPN’s ‘The Jump’, Scott retorted:
“I’m not buying it. I’m trying to figure out what “death line up” he’s talking about. Because, the times that I’ve seen Kuzma at the five spot when they went to their small ball line up. Offensively, it’s okay, it’s okay. But, defensively you got killed, because he had to guard guys who are much bigger and more physical in the low post. He’s not suited for that, right now. So, Kyle, stay in your lane. Don’t try to be the coach, stay in your lane.”
Lakers’ Luke Walton Not In Danger of Losing Job
“As I’ve chronicled before, the dynamic between Luke Walton and his Lakers bosses is complicated enough that his situation will be worth monitoring until season’s end, yet even before the Lakers routed Dallas on Monday to improve to 22-19, when they had lost five of six games since losing James entering play, a source close to the situation said that there were no signs of imminent danger for the third-year coach.”
Lakers’ Brandon Ingram Sees Team Improvement When He’s Active and Moving
Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Brandon Ingram has stepped up his game this season, becoming a more adept ball handler when he is thrust into the job, mostly when LeBron James isn’t on the floor.
But Ingram realizes that his continued improvement in his play off the ball will lead to good things for the team as a whole.
“I think we did really, really good beyond the 3-point line, so we’re shooting with more confidence. Of course on the defensive side, we’re getting better and better each game I think when I’m active and when I’m moving around… I think that’s when I play much better. Just cutting off the basketball and having a chance to attack not only for myself but also for my teammates.”
Ingram is posting 15.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season for Los Angeles.
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