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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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Lakers’ Anthony Davis Out with Rib Injury

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Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis will miss the Lakers’ upcoming game against the Golden State Warriors due to a rib injury, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner.

Davis injured his rib during Tuesday’s victory over the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix.

Davis is reportedly also dealing with a right shoulder injury, which makes it more important for the Lakers to play it safe, especially this early in the season.

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Lakers’ Frank Vogel Says Team Has Not Ruled Out DeMarcus Cousins Return

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When it comes to big man DeMarcus Cousins, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t ready to close the book on him playing during the 2019-2020 season.

Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel discussed the team holding out hope that Cousins could take the court sometime this season.

“We’ve not closed the door on that,” Vogel said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “We’ll just — we’re going to be a wait and see. With these injuries that are long rehabs, you have to see and take it kind of month to month and see where he’s at. But we’ve not closed the door on a possible return for him.”

The Lakers turned to signing Dwight Howard in the wake of Cousins’ injury, and were granted a disabled player exception as Cousins was initially believed to likely be unavailable until June 15th, 2020.

Now, it appears the Lakers are expecting Cousins to make back to the courts sometime, perhaps during a playoff run, this season.

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Lakers’ Dwight Howard Talks About ‘Bad Teammate’ Label

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is going on the defensive when addressing long-standing labels of him being a bad teammate, and a locker room cancer.

Howard, who inked a deal to return for a second stint with the Lakers, recently appeared on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” to talk about narrative.

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