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Byron Scott Blasts Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma for ‘Death Lineup’ Comment

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Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach, and current NBA analyst Byron Scott wasn’t a fan of some comments made recently by Lakers’ forward Kyle Kuzma.

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.”

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Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers’ President Of Basketball Ops

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Magic Johnson has abruptly stepped down from his role as the President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Athletic’s Bill Oram.

Johnson held an impromptu press conference to make the announcement and indicated that he did not inform Lakers owner Jeanie Buss prior to publicly announcing his departure.

“Somebody’s going to have to tell my boss, because I knew I couldn’t be face-to-face and tell her,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that he “had more fun” when he was able to mentor other players and was able to be “the big brother and the ambassador” as opposed to the primary decision maker.

Johnson had been the subject of reports that labeled him an “absentee executive” and he never fully committed to the job and had limited office hours during his tenure. 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, on top of that, Johnson was traveling and away from the team often, and wasn’t very active in the scouting area.

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Lakers Considering Jason Kidd as Next Head Coach

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The Los Angeles Lakers may have decided on their next head coach should they fire current head coach Luke Walton.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, Jason Kidd would be “among the serious candidates” for the job, should it become available.

According to The Orgenonian’s John Canzano, the California Golden Bears fires head coach Wyking Jones, and are also targeting Kidd, who spent two years with the Golden Bears prior to his NBA career.

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Lakers Privately Concerned About LeBron James

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All is not well in Hollywood when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers and superstar LeBron James, at least according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon.

Per the report, the Lakers have privately been concerned about James’ health following a career-long absence, due to a groin injury he sustained back on Christmas Day in a game against the Golden State Warriors.

James’ play has left the Lakers “a little concerned” for his well-being.

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